Masters of Cinema: Pedro Almodovar

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The iconic French film periodical Cahiers du cinéma has added to its already large output of publications with this series of ten monographs, its first original English-language series. Each looks at a leading director, most of whom are American, including Woody Allen, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, and Francis Ford Coppola. Much has been written about these eminent filmmakers, and this series adds little new insight. David Lynch and Spain's Pedro Almodóvar have been somewhat less parsed in print. Jousse, former editor in chief of Cahiers, examines the career of Lynch. Although his "conventional" films (The Elephant Man; The Straight Story) have met with some success, he is justly acclaimed for his more personal films (e.g., Blue Velvet; Lost Highway). Almodóvar has also established a reputation for making extremely personal films. Sotinel, journalist at the French newspaper Le Monde, discusses Almodóvar's distinguished oeuvre from his first short films through major works like All About My Mother and Talk to Her. Each series title follows the same format—an overview of the films and a bit of analysis of the major ones, brief biography, excerpts of articles by the filmmakers and/or critics, and filmography/chronology. VERDICT For those who are interested in capsule looks at these filmmakers, this lavishly illustrated series will amply fit the bill. Readers who seek more in-depth analyses should look elsewhere.—Roy Liebman, formerly with California State Univ., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782866425678
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2010
  • Pages: 102
  • Sales rank: 1,452,898
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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