Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Atame!)

1989, Spain, 101m, 35mm

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Screened December 19–31, 2018

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Almodóvar mainstays Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril steam up the screen as, respectively, a newly sprung head case and the porn star he stalks and woos while keeping her tethered to a bed—although it’s the bath scene that’s the film’s truly titillating highlight. Practiced at trolling the MPAA to generate publicity and revenue, Miramax Films appealed the twisted romantic comedy’s X rating before finally releasing it unrated; the MPAA would introduce the NC-17 months later.

In Spanish with English subtitles

Print courtesy of the University of North Carolina Moving Image Archive

A film by Pedro Almodóvar

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Introduced by Time film critic Stephanie Zacharek