A ‘Loving and Friendly’ Ending…that Began 19 Years Ago in Miami

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Two Much film poster; Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas
We were saddened to hear the news of Antonio Banderas’ and  Melanie Griffith’s split this past weekend, as their whirlwind romance began in Miami during the filming of Fernando Trueba’s romantic screwball comedy Two Much in 1995. 

It’s a coincidence that a 35mm Retrospective screening of Two Much has already been programmed as Miami International Film Festival’s contribution to Miami Film Month, on Sunday, June 29th. This year’s theme is “movies made in Miami” and after MIFF highlighted its 1995 Opening Night Film, David Frankel’s Miami Rhapsody, in our 30th anniversary retrospective two years ago, turning to our 1996 Opening Night Film, Two Much, was a natural choice.

Scene from Two Much: Daryl Hannah & Melanie Griffith; promo pic with Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Anotonio Banderas (“twin”), and Daryl Hannah; Two Much wedding scene Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith

Two Much is more than just a trip down memory lane to a time when Miami’s cultural renaissance had just begun its explosion. Lincoln Road had just re-invented itself as a pedestrian mall and it was a scene of independent cafes and art galleries, such as the one owned by Art (played by Banderas), the Miami art dealer/con man who is the central character of the film. Two Much captures a time of invention and wild freedom that was a hallmark of Miami life at the time, and it certainly captures the atmosphere that led the on-screen sparks between Banderas and Griffith to a real-life romance and subsequent marriage.

It’s a testament to the strength of Banderas’ and Griffith’s long relationship that they were able to issue a statement attesting to the fact that they will be divorcing in “a loving and friendly manner”.  See the film where their made-in-Miami love affair first began at the Bill Cosford Cinema on Sunday, June 29th at 1:00 PM – visit Miami Film Month  for more details. The screening is FREE (no ticket required),  simply RSVP to info@miamifilmfestival.com to reserve your seat. See you at the movies!

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Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Miami Film Festival's executive director and director of programming. Learn more about Jaie on Programmers.