Political Correctness, Gautier and the Politics of Gay Cinema: Pedro Almodovar Discusses Kika

Filmmaker Magazine | 7/6/2019 | Peter Bowen
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by Peter Bowen

The following interview of Pedro Almodovar about his film Kika appeared in our Spring, 1994 issue. It is being reprinted here online for the first time.

Addition - Blood - Film - Franco - Death

In addition to pumping (very bright red) new blood into Spanish film after Franco’s death, Pedro Almodovar has also blazed the path for a camp style that has been followed around the world. Mixing together high fashion, television melodrama, comic strips, and street corner pornography, Almodovar has spun off stories as tangled and absurd as they are have been uncannily close in capturing a particular moment of Spanish history. Now on the way to premiere his tenth film, Kika, Almodovar stops off in New York and talks to Filmmaker.

Filmmaker: What do you think about Kika? Do you think of this new film as a continuation or as a departure from your other films?

Almodovar - Time - Way - Themes - Beginning

Almodovar: It is at the same time a way of saying good-bye to certain themes and putting myself in a new beginning, setting myself up for a new cycle. I don’t know what the cycle is going to be, or what it is, Kika is a very emblematic film: it is my tenth film and I think it closes a cycle.

Filmmaker: What themes do you think it closes?

Almodovar - Way - Passionate - Characters - Women

Almodovar: I don’t think that I am going to change in a very radical way. I will still deal with passionate characters, very free women, and there will still be color in my films. And yes, there will still be sex in my films. It is more of a change of attitude. My outlook will be less young, more mature.

Filmmaker: It sounds like menopause.

Almodovar - Menopause - Things - Fun - Kika

Almodovar: I won’t say that it’s menopause. There are just certain things that I don’t find so much fun anymore and I am finished with them. I think that Kika...
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