Adam Blake wrote:
There's more to great Cinematic Art than bleakness though, and Andy I'm sure you're right about Almodovar but I just can't see him up there with Tarkovsky, Bergman, Bunuel and the other big boys. My problem, I'm sure.
Not a problem, but an example of how we're culturally encouraged to equate profundity with solemnity. They're not synonyms. Bunuel, of course, is far from solemn, but he's the exception - the usual Art Cinema pantheon tends to be strikingly devoid of wit, joy & humour.