Before Pedro Almodovar became the respected filmmaker he is today, he used to work for a telephone sales company. Irrelevant? Not exactly. Although the appearance of a telephone isn't exactly a cameo, Almodovar pays a special nod to his old job by making corded phones central to the narrative.
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The red matte and light blue color combo is as delightful as it is cringeworthy. The phone icon on the wall parallels the perfect, matte phone on the flight attendants ear, which makes this shot all the more pleasing to our oculars.
Incidentally, this movie has plane passengers desperately trying to communicate with the world below through this telephone (which, because of technical issues, blasts conversations through the intercom.) It's a great detail because it completely elevates the prolonged loss of privacy in an aircraft.
Celebrities bite their nails too, but only if they’re getting paid. Cruz's character in Volver gets some bad news and you can tell that the thoughts in her brain are as complicated as the machinery next to her.
If only people looked this good when they were crying. The tacky blue phone embodies the invisible tears of our eternally sad Penelope while it cleverly contrasts her god awful yellow sweater. The color wheel finally comes to use outside of art class, folks.
Broken Embraces is a garish production, always keeping the eye caught between flashy artifice and the much more sinister current that runs beneath. It seems fitting that Almodovar has his slimy, Spanish Gordon Gekko type arranging a multi-million dollar business venture on a cartoonishly oversized, primary blue telephone.
The madame answers. This woman is killing it. Her white and gold receiver is just gaudy GAUDI enough (get it) to make you want to hit the spacebar and take a moment to relish in the costume-y brilliance of this pretty-as-a-picture screenshot.
Yet another one of Almodovar's glamorous women makes a stressful phone call to friend, in which she falsely reassures her colleague that everything will be alright. Unfortunately, her words are as two-faced as the awfully tacky bi-colored handset.