Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Pain and Glory’

Antonio Banderas stars in “Pain and Glory.”

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Pain and Glory,” the latest film from Spanish Director Pedro Almodovar. It will be screened on Saturday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical “Pain and Glory” tells of a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the ’60s, his first adult love in the Madrid of the ’80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the infinite void created by the incapacity to keep on making films. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it; and in that need, he also finds his salvation.

Rex Reed, in the New York Observer, calls the film “Spanish wunderkind Pedro Almodovar’s best and most moving film in years — a brave and wrenching self-portrait of an aging artist under the siege of age and fear of death.” Paul Byrnes, in the Sydney Morning Herald, calls it “a masterful, melancholy, tender, lacerating self-examination, filled with color and light and the ghosts of those he has loved.” Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, says “Banderas gives the performance of his career playing Pedro Almodovar, the director who discovered him. ‘Pain and Glory,’ suffused with memory and regret, is one of Almodovar’s greatest films and a moving tribute to both their talents.”

Rated R for drug use, some graphic nudity and language, “Pain and Glory” runs one hour, 53 minutes. The film is in Spanish, with English subtitles.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors and Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.