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  Emanuel Levy : Review - Bad Education
Commercially, “Bad Education” may not be as accessible and successful as the prize-winning films, “Talk to Her” or “All About My Mother, but it’s a more ambitious and mature film, one that brings together strands of Almodovar’s gay films of the 1980s with those of his intimate relationship stories of the 1990s.
The origin of “Bad Education” goes back to Almodovar’s “Law of Desire.” In that 1986 picture, the transsexual (played by Carmen Maura) goes into the church of the school where she had studied as a boy.
The novel aspect, though, is that in noir, the femme fatale is a woman, whereas in “Bad Education” it’s a man, or rather an enfant terrible (Bernal), a man who combines in his sultry and soulless bits of roles played by Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Greer, and Jean Simmons, to mention a few femme fatales.
www.emanuellevy.com /article.php?articleID=97   (1453 words)

 Metroactive Movies | 'Bad Education'
His latest, the semiautobiographical Bad Education, may be his most serious and commanding venture to date, which is not to say that he has ceased to be the high priest of transgressive love or lost his taste for the outrageous.
An erotic tango of murder and intrigue, Bad Education is a love letter to film noir, with a throbbing score a la Bernard Herrmann and a nod to Hitchcock's Vertigo, especially that film's plunge into obsession and multiple—and mistaken—identity.
Bad Education is splendid to look at, from the opening credits—torn movie posters and ripped news clippings that mirror the skewed personalities that inhabit the plot—to the tropical palette of oranges, reds and blues that belies the twisted, subterranean motives of the characters.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/12.22.04/baded-0452.html   (559 words)

 Bad Education (2004): Reviews
Bad Education is a voluptuous experience that invites you to gorge on its beauty and vitality, although it has perhaps the darkest ending of any of the films by the Spanish writer and director.
To watch Bad Education is to revel, along with Almodovar, in the power of cinema to take us on journeys of breathtaking mystery and dimension and beauty.
Bad Education, in this light, is Almodovar's "8-1/2" or "Day for Night," a lens through which all of his movies appear as a seamless whole.
www.metacritic.com /film/titles/badeducation   (1512 words)

 calendarlive.com: 'Bad Education'
"Bad Education" — a clumsy translation from the Spanish "La Mala Educación," meaning "Bad Manners" or "Misbehavior" — alludes to the sins and schemes of its characters, but their behavior goes far beyond impoliteness.
So it is. A story about storytelling that constantly calls into question the reliability of its narrators and their motives, "Bad Education" finds Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez), a film director in his late 20s, sitting in his office clipping tabloid articles when he's paid an unexpected visit from his long lost childhood love.
Ultimately, "Bad Education" doesn't let anyone off the hook — not the church, not the spiritually bereft cults of materialism and celebrity, not actors (they're liars), not directors (propagandists), not even his old friends, the scrappy outcasts.
www.calendarlive.com /movies/reviews/cl-et-education10dec10,2,7818557.story   (1093 words)

 The Duck Mafia: Bad Education
Bad Education itself, is bound to contain numerous distortions and prejudices.
The abusive priest, for example, is intentionally distanced from the Church in later segments of the film, making it difficult to lay the blame for the titular “bad education” on a group, but rather on an individual, who himself is portrayed as lost and enslaved to powers and urges that he does not fully understand.
Bad Education is its ability to make the viewer feel at once uncomfortable and intrigued through subject matter and presentation.
duckmafia.blogspot.com /2005/01/bad-education.html   (748 words)

 Cinema Eye: Bad Education
In Almodovar’s LAW OF DESIRE, the transsexual played by Carmen Maura confesses to a priest that she had been a pupil at the school where he had fallen in love with her as a boy.
But the greatest beauty of BAD EDUCATION is its depiction of the purity of first love between the two 10-year old boys.
BAD EDUCATION is loosely based on Almodovar’s early life.
www.cinemaeye.com /index/reviews/rev_more/bad_education   (843 words)

 village voice > film > Bad Education by Michael Atkinson
Simultaneously his safest, gayest, and most Fassbinderian movie to date, Bad Education is bald noir melodrama, a Mildred Pierce for trannies, tricked up with overlapping narratives and haunted by Catholic-school seaminess.
Bad Education tiptoes around the issue of priesthood pedophilia; lovelorn gazes are as desperate as it gets.
But Bad Education still manages to be fairly predictable, its contrivances and its insistent evocations of noir tradition illustrating only how much more comfortable Almodóvar is with one-eyed lust than with moral ambiguity.
www.villagevoice.com /issues/0446/atkinson.php   (426 words)

 AboutFilm.com - Bad Education (2002)
Bad Education will be a film that contains all the twisted sexuality and fl humor of his earlier films, Almodóvar seems to be saying.
That proves to be the case, but it doesn't mean that Bad Education is any less sophisticated or mature than Talk to Her or All About My Mother.
Bad Education is expertly constructed and intrepidly realized, but it doesn't resonate like All About My Mother or Talk to Her.
www.aboutfilm.com /movies/b/badeducation.htm   (1102 words)

 TomPaine.com - Bad Education
Education was the sacrificial lamb of the budget reconciliation process, required to provide a third of all deficit reduction.
As Donald Heller at the Center For the Study of Higher Education at Penn State points out, the lowest-achieving rich kids are just as likely to attend college (77 percent) as the highest-achieving poor kids (78 percent).
The sole mainstream higher education policy representative on the list is the American Council on Education's David Ward.
www.tompaine.com /articles/2005/10/03/bad_education.php   (947 words)

 MovieMartyr.com - Bad Education
Bad Education is so fraught with meaning and substance that watching it is something of a chore, even when it tries its hardest to be sensuous.
Bad Education in which we see transvestite Gael Garcia Bernal acting out a role in an imagined movie, is the worst example of this to date.
Bad Education, we’re clearly immersed in an alternative space, where we would fully expect appearances to be deceptive.
www.moviemartyr.com /2004/badeducation.htm   (741 words)

 AlterNet: MediaCulture: Almodóvar's 'Bad Education'
The elaborate narrative scrambling in Bad Education forces you to notice that it's 1964 when the boys fall in love and are torn apart, in the depths of the dictatorship.
A bad alibi: When Almodóvar's early features came out, they too contained a silence beneath their insistent, hectic transgressions – a silence about the nature of the society that had given birth to the filmmaker, back in the 1950s, and had nurtured him to adulthood.
Now, in Bad Education, he retraces his career to its beginning and, through the figure of Enrique, imputes to himself a guilty secret – not the worst secret that the characters bear, but creepy enough.
www.alternet.org /mediaculture/20564   (1637 words)

 Bad Education (La mala educación) (2004): Fele Martínez, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lluís Homar - ...
With Bad Education, the veteran bad boy of Spanish cinema is at it again, tweaking the lesson just enough so that it doesn't turn out to be what you expect.
Bad Education is finally more about reading than remembering, the ways that we delude ourselves in order to survive.
It's bad to be stranded in the desert.
www.popmatters.com /film/reviews/b/bad-education.shtml   (1084 words)

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 Bad Education
Not only does it divert universities from their educational goals, but it threatens the public welfare by taking scientific knowledge out of the public domain and placing it under corporate lock and key.
That’s too bad, because University, Inc. is the kind of massive undertaking that should be driven by a passionate call to action.
Even if she has muffled her voice, Washburn’s compendium of accusations about “the corporate corruption of higher education” drives home a disturbing lesson: If the institution that conservatives insist is the last bastion of liberalism has been so thoroughly bought and sold, then the privatization of everything is nearly complete.
www.mojones.com /arts/books/2005/03/bad_education.html   (1005 words)

 Feel-Bad Education
Thus, those who insist that our schools are run by a cabal of constructivists who have turned them into hotbeds of Deweyan progressivism are usually attempting to rationalize the use of even more direct instruction of isolated skills, even less opportunity for students to play an active role in their own learning.
I call it the Listerine theory of education, based on a famous ad campaign that sought to sell this particular brand of mouthwash on the theory that if it tasted vile, it obviously had to work well.
Just as efforts to undermine public education (masquerading as a solemn commitment to leave no child behind) are part of a larger campaign to privatize democratic public institutions, so does an attack on suspiciously enjoyable classroom practices reflect a deeper and wider sensibility.
www.alfiekohn.org /teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm   (1458 words)

 Bad Education review
Bad Education's labyrinthine plot may seem confusing, but once you see the film, it makes perfect, if not poetic, sense.
Theme- and tone-wise, Bad Education is Almodovar's most mature work, much more so like his last two films -- All About My Mother and Talk to Her -- than his dozen previous ones.
But layer on film noir and Bad Education is not only Almodovar's most sophisticated, but maybe the best film of the year.
www.creativescreenwriting.com /csdaily/read/11_19_04_BadEducation.htm   (749 words)

 FILM REVIEW; Film Noir With Fantasy and a Transsexual Femme Fatale - New York Times
The coup de grâce of ''Bad Education,'' which ricochets back and forth between 1964 and 1980, with a finale set mostly in 1977, is that here the femme fatale is a predatory preoperative transsexual named Ignacio.
''Bad Education'' is further enriched by the notion of different versions of the same story subjected to modification, first as literature, then as a movie spooled through different characters' imaginations.
Because the figure of Ignacio is sexually ambiguous on the most fundamental level, you don't mind the absence of a major female character in ''Bad Education.'' The attraction and repulsion exerted by the two Ignacios lend the film all the sinister heat and tension you could hope for.
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 :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: Bad Education (xhtml)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
I was attempting to describe the plot of "Bad Education." It was quicksand, and I was sinking fast.
In "Bad Education," he uses straight and gay (and for that matter, transvestite and transsexual) as categories which the "real" characters and the "fictional" characters use as roles, disguises, strategies, deceptions or simply as a way to make a living.
There's no doubt in my mind that Almodovar screened Hitchcock's "Vertigo" before making the movie and was fascinated by the idea of a man asking a woman to pretend to be the woman he loves, without knowing she actually is the woman he loves.
rogerebert.suntimes.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041221/REVIEWS/41130003/1023   (815 words)

 OFFOFFOFF film review BAD EDUCATION (La Mala Educación) Spanish movie by Pedro Almodóvar with Gael García Bernal, ...
Although he swears his latest film is not an attack on the Catholic church, "Bad Education" is the love story between two young boys and the Catholic priest who lusts for one of them.
Now comes, "Bad Education," the film considered by some to be Almodovar's most mature and autobiographical to date.
None of Almodovar's great female roles — whether on the verge or in a coma — surface in "Bad Education." Rather, they are merged with his great transvestite roles, so that Bernal plays not only Ignacio, but also a drag queen named Zahara — the best male and female roles in the film.
www.offoffoff.com /film/2004/badeducation.php   (1285 words)

 perfect.co.uk / Bad education   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
In the British education system, the A-level consists of six separate modules taken during the two years of study in the sixth form.
Unfortunately, most schools are not geared towards giving a sound education, but towards doing enough to get you to pass your exams.
Measuring a good education is actually a pretty tough thing to do, at least measuring it in any meaningful and robust terms or measuring it in a timeframe that allows us to refine our policies.
www.perfect.co.uk /2004/08/bad-education   (1001 words)

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Almodovar, never one to be squeamish or afraid of censure, is out for blood in "Bad Education" as he slices open and excises the sexual mores in Franco-era Catholicism in which child abuse was accepted as the norm.
In "Bad Education," he takes this device to breathless, upper-atmospherical levels, for with each twist, the film takes on a new genre.
"Bad Education" is one of intense experiences I've had seen, and if its future doesn't hold critical acclaim and recognition as a classic, then there's no justice in the world.
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 Bad Education
Bad Education, then, sees Pedro Almodovar recombine once more the two modes that have long dominated his film-making, melodrama and thriller, an unholy union of Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock by way of the long-established European art cinema tradition of semi-confessional films about the cineaste/artist as a young man (Truffaut, Fellini etc etc.)
Yet, even if Almodovar declines to show his presence directly, his characteristic style is apparent throughout from the attention-grabbing Saul Bass meets Se7en titles, full of red and ominous religious/sexual symbols, to the closing emblematic "passion", thereby further confusing and complication the relationship between himself and Enrique.
The appalling history of the Roman Catholic Church in covering up and/or condoning too many of its officials abuse of their power is one obvious answer, its intersection with a repressive regime another.
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 Movie - Bad Education (La Mala educacion)
He is, in Godard’s familiar phrase, a child of Marx and Coca-Cola: contradictory, a trickster, drunk on the use of the bright colors and cultural contradictions of commercial filmmaking.
But in contrast to such heavy-handedness, Bad Education also does some truly daring things, not least of which is to make the criminal priest a sympathetic character.
Or at least, sympathetic by Almodóvar standards, in that the bedeviled man of shaky faith is driven by sincere passion, suffers for it, and then continues to pursue that passion for the rest of a perfectly miserable life.
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In Bad Education we have the usual death, revenge, hidden identities and transvestites.
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