Bettina's Take: Cinema Society Screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘The Skin I Live In’

Pedro Almodóvar, Elena Anaya,  Antonio Banderas Cinema Society Screening  ‘The Skin I Live In’

The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar's new movie is a brilliant combination of thriller, horror, mystery, and comedy. I was reminded of several great films, including Dead Ringers, The Crying Game, The Silence of the Lambs, and, of course, all the wonderful Almodóvar movies that have come before this one.

I have never seen an Almodóvar movie that I didn't like, and judging by the audience at the Cinema Society screening in NYC, which included Debbie Harry, Patricia Clarkson, Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodriguez, and Parker Posey, the greats of the entertainment world agree with me.

Guests arrived, enjoyed De Leon tequila cocktails and settled into the comfortable screening room at the Tribeca Grand. The great director himself introduced several key people in the cast and crew, including Antonio Banderas, who stars as a twisted surgeon who keeps a beautiful woman captive against her will. The movie would give a whole new meaning to "Puss 'N Boots"—you'll have to see it to understand.

"This is a film that makes me proud and happy," said Elena Anaya, who stars as the woman in question. "It's not a film that's easy to digest, so have some wine later."

Two hours later, the audience emerged, challenged, provoked, mesmerized.

"I'm still shaking. He really pushed the envelope of intense," said Nicole Miller in her own design.

"I love the idea of how clothes can change who you want to be for that day. This movie provokes a much deeper, more intense idea that you can change absolutely anything about yourself. I love the idea of him pushing thoughts forward, being inspired and being shocked sometimes," said Rachel Roy.

"I absolutely loved it. I love everything he does, it's always completely unexpected and wonderful," said Drena De Niro, wearing Rachel Roy.

The after-party at newly reopened The Double Seven (on Gansevoort Street this time) was what we have all come to expect from Andrew Saffir: a perfect mix of the film, television, music, art and fashion worlds, no attitude, just crowded enough. Think Madonna, Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa, Julian Schnabel, Banderas, Almodóvar and Anaya, Russell Simmons, Alan Cumming, Rufus Wainwright, you get the picture.

"No one does a screening like Andrew," was the general consensus.

And no one makes a movie like Almodóvar. Thank you, Sony Pictures Classics.

Photo: Pedro Almodóvar, Elena Anaya, and Antonio Banderas at the screening