Julieta Analysis

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Pedro Almodovar’s twentieth feature film, Julieta, chronicles the title character’s life as she is forced to reflect upon her riddled past and confront the tragic circumstances that surround the disappearance of her daughter. Almodovar based Julieta off of a series of short stories written by Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro, which follow three stages of a Canadian woman’s life who faces similar circumstances. At it’s conception, Julieta was intended to be Almodovar 's first English-language film; however Almodovar was not confident writing the script in English and settled on setting the film in Spain and making it in Spanish. The New York Film Festival was the film’s American debut and both leading actresses as well as Almodovar were …show more content…
When the French film À ma sœur! (Fat Girl) was released, audiences expected a coming of age drama with overtly sexually themes, synonumus with director Catherine Breillat’s aestetic. Like Catherine Breillat’s vision in Fat Girl, Almodovar’s personal creative vision are at the forefront of Julieta. The film utilized female protagonists, bold colors, inventive camera angles, and elaborate decor and fashion. These frequent motifs occur in nearly all of Almodovar’s work and have come to define his unique style. Prior to the screening, the woman introducing Julieta spoke very little about the film’s plot and instead chose to focus on celebrating Almodovar as an acclaimed auteurist director. The forum that followed the film was a clear indication that Julieta was marketed as an auteur film, as most of the audience expressed that they were expecting a film marked by Almodovar’s signature style. With the films symbolic use of the color red, two leading actresses, and purposeful use of decor and fashion to distinguish between time periods, audiences were not …show more content…
The film Julieta, and the way in which it was exhibited encapsulate the key qualities of art cinema. Julieta attests to art cinema’s ability to travel after successfully journeying through multiple film festivals and still maintaining an ease to be comprehended and understood by international audiences. The film’s recognizable aesthetics urged The Film Society of Lincoln Center to program Julieta during the New York Film Festival’s Main Slate category based on the knowledge that Almodovar’s auteurism is widely celebrated and has a large cult following. Almodovar’s following consequently puts more people in the audience to watch his film, increasing ticket revenue for the festival. Finally, the exhibition of Julieta at the New York Film Festival places the film in the art cinema category, and therefore a position of sophistication in comparison to the movies released by the commercial film industry

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