Almodovar: Labyrinths of Passion

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Visionary, provocative, bizarre and frequently outrageous, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has produced more than a dozen highly original films. With All About My Mother, his unique genius has received the international recognition it deserves, with major prizes at Cannes, at the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards and an Oscar for best foreign film.

This extraordinarily creative and imaginative film-maker deals with passion and desire in all its forms: from the 'pop' world of Pepi, ...

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Overview

Visionary, provocative, bizarre and frequently outrageous, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has produced more than a dozen highly original films. With All About My Mother, his unique genius has received the international recognition it deserves, with major prizes at Cannes, at the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards and an Oscar for best foreign film.

This extraordinarily creative and imaginative film-maker deals with passion and desire in all its forms: from the 'pop' world of Pepi, Luci, Bom and All the Girls on the Heap through to the unconventional nuns of Dark Habits, the serial killer lovers of Matador, the frantic women of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the obsessive passions of Live Flesh and the moving tragi-comic world of All About My Mother. He has created a body of work which, with its intriguing characters, dramatic situations, powerful emotions, labyrinthine plots, brilliant use of colour and evocative music, has all the complexity and fascination of life itself.

This important new study will appeal to Almodovar's devotees and to film students alike, with its chronological examination of the director's career. It sheds light on each individual film, demonstrates the connections between one movie and another and examines the director's progression in terms of genre, style and cinematic technique to reveal Almodovar's growing mastery of his art.

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Library Journal
Pedro Almod"var's provocative films went from international camp status to Academy Award-winning glory in 2000 when All About My Mother won Best Foreign Language Film. The flamboyant Spanish director, known for his outrageous dramedies revolving around passionate Spanish men and strong-willed yet frantic women, is perhaps the most famous European director alive. His most recognized films include Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down!, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Flower of My Secret. Edwards (The Discreet Art of Luis Bu$uel) provides a basic introduction to Almod"var's 13 films as well as a few black-and-white stills of his charismatic troupe of actors, such as Antonio Banderas, Pen lope Cruz, and Javier Bardem, all now familiar to American audiences. Edwards provides a brief biography of Almod"var in her introduction and ends with a quick summarization of his entire body of works. In between, she devotes ten well-researched chapters to the director's works and discusses budget, film premieres, reviews both in Spain and internationally, tales about production, plot analysis, cinematography, and the cultural relevance of a film's theme. A handy filmography, bibliography, and index make this book an important, up-to-date study for both devotees and newcomers to Almod"var's over-the-top dramas. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries with film collections. Adriana Lopez, "Criticas" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Edwards has published several works on Spanish theater, flamenco, Calder<'o>n, Bu<~n>uel, Saura, Erice, and Lorca. This account of Almod<'o>var's thirteen films is intended to enlighten the reader to the differences between the films, and to Almod<'o>var's development and progression as a filmmaker over a period of 25 years. An introductory chapter providing background information on the filmmaker is followed by chronologically-ordered chapters analyzing the individual films. The text is illustrated with black-and-white photographs, and will appeal to both Almod<'o>var devotees and film students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720611212
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 6
Author's Note 7
Introduction 8
1. Pepi, Luci, Bom, Labyrinth of Passion and Dark Habits 16
2. What Have I Done to Deserve This? 40
3. Matador 54
4. Law of Desire 70
5. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 86
6. Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down! 104
7. High Heels 120
8. Kika and The Flower of My Secret 138
9. Live Flesh 158
10. All About My Mother 178
Conclusion 201
Notes 203
Filmography 211
Select Bibliography 219
Index 221
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