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A Spanish Labyrinth: The Films of Pedro Almodovar
     

A Spanish Labyrinth: The Films of Pedro Almodovar

by Mark Allinson, Pedro Almodovar
 

ISBN-10: 1860645070

ISBN-13: 9781860645075

Pub. Date: 08/18/2001

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

Almodóvar is Spain’s most successful and controversial director, representing a unique blend of art-house auteur and popular film-maker. His films, with their mix of Hollywood and European styles and of popular melodrama and comedy, have been attracting growing international audiences since the success of Women on the Verge of a Nervous

Overview

Almodóvar is Spain’s most successful and controversial director, representing a unique blend of art-house auteur and popular film-maker. His films, with their mix of Hollywood and European styles and of popular melodrama and comedy, have been attracting growing international audiences since the success of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. A Spanish Labyrinth is a much needed, clear, and comprehensive introduction to the films of Almodóvar, investigating the cultural and national contexts for his work, issues of gender, sexuality, stars, genre, visual style, music, and much more. It is the ideal companion to Almodóvar for students of film and Hispanic Studies, as well as those generally interested in film and Spanish culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860645075
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
08/18/2001
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Context
• Biographical Details, Persona and Self-Publicity
• Cultural Social Context of Work 1978-1998
• Production Conditions and Values
Part 2: Content
• Gender
• Sexuality
• Social Structures
• National Identity
Part 3: Construction
• Actors, Actresses and a "Star System"
• Madrid and Spain as Cinematic and Socio-Cultural Spaces
• Genre
• Visual Style (Kitsch, Design, Realism)
• Performance, Music and Songs
• Parody, Metacinema and the Media

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