Pedro Almodóvar Has No Interest In Making A Film For Netflix: “I Would Miss The Cinema As A Venue For My Film”

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There’s no easy answer when it comes to the debate surrounding Netflix and the traditional theatrical experience. If you’re reading this now, odds are you’re a film fan. And as film fans, we all know that there is nothing that can truly replicate the special, communal experience of watching a new movie with a crowd. But yet, Netflix is able to deliver high-quality films from those who might not get distribution otherwise. You just have to watch them at home.

Well, the debate rages on, with various filmmakers and Hollywood types taking stands. And the latest folks to join the debate are “Pain and Glory” filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar and his star Antonio Banderas. As they discuss in a new interview with Variety, the streaming service (and others like Netflix) offers some great content, but to be considered “cinema,” the tech company is going to have to play by the rules.

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“I see my daughter, she can watch a movie [on a cellphone], and I don’t understand that,” Banderas said. “I say to her, ‘How can you appreciate the lighting work, how can you appreciate a good performance, if you practically don’t see the eyes of the actors?’ ‘Oh, but I just follow the story, Papa!’ I prefer to go to a movie theater and see movies as they were conceived in the mind of the creators.”

However, the actor admits that he is a Netflix consumer, and said that he uses the service as a way of discovering films from around the world. But he feels that the streaming service will have to bend to the will of festivals if it wants to be a serious Oscar-contending studio.

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“[But] if they want to compete with other movies, they have to play on the same track,” said the actor. “It’s not really fair that you...
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