Another cinematic partnership was being feted downtown at the Cinema Society and Calvin Klein sponsored screening of “Broken Embraces.”

Star Penélope Cruz explained that frequently working with the same director, in her case Pedro Almodòvar, dooesn’t always make things easier. “It helps that we know each other. We always know what the other person is thinking,” she said. “But at the same time, we have not relaxed in terms of feeling too confident on set or feeling that we can get away with things because we know each other so well. I never want to disappoint him.”

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After the film—which, in a very meta fashion, is about the relationship between a director and his muse—Cruz held court in a back booth on the 18th floor of The Standard hotel, where she was joined by her “Nine” co-stars Marion Cotillard and Fergie, as well as Billy Crudup, Mira Sorvino, Lee Pace, Donna Karan, Tatiana von Furstenberg and Ari Gaynor.

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