Capital Celluloid 2024 — Day 126: Sun May 5

Tattoo (Brooks, 1981) + The Skin I Live In (Almodovar, 2011): Cinema Museum, 6pm

Cinema Museum introduction:
Lost Reels continues its series of provocative celluloid double bills with two of the most terrifying, horror-infused love stories ever made. Love stories and horror are synonymous with the movies, and Lost Reels’ provocative new double bill presents two of the most unusual – and terrifying – films of passion in cinematic history. First is the virtually forgotten and completely out of circulation, Tattoo (1981) starring Bruce Dern and Maud Adams. Described by Variety as, “your standard boy-meets-girl, boy-kidnaps-girl, boy-tattoos-girl-against-her-will love story” the film caused controversy when first released, gained an ‘X’ certificate in the UK, and is a genuinely bizarre, outrageous cult curio. Second is The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) (2011), Pedro Almodóvar’s brilliantly subversive foray into provocation and horror starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, and Jan Cornet. Unique within Almodóvar’s filmography, it’s a film first-time audiences should know as little about as possible while at the same time being prepared for one of the most perverse and unsettling experiences a trip to the cinema can provide.

Here (and above) is the trailer for Tattoo.

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