Pedro Almodóvar

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The book provides a detailed introduction to the essential themes, style, and aesthetics of Pedro Almodóvar's films, put in the context of Spain's profound cultural transitions since 1980. With precise and close analysis, the book covers the major concerns of the most successful of all Spanish film directors and makes direct, clear connections to the logic of Almodóvar's aesthetic and stylistic choices. By spanning the entirety of Pedro Almodóvar's feature-making career, the book emphasizes the director's ...

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Overview

The book provides a detailed introduction to the essential themes, style, and aesthetics of Pedro Almodóvar's films, put in the context of Spain's profound cultural transitions since 1980. With precise and close analysis, the book covers the major concerns of the most successful of all Spanish film directors and makes direct, clear connections to the logic of Almodóvar's aesthetic and stylistic choices. By spanning the entirety of Pedro Almodóvar's feature-making career, the book emphasizes the director's sensibility to make the outrageous believable and to always give a unique spin to the issues of Spanish history, culture and identity.

A detailed and comprehensive approach to all of Pedro Almodóvar's feature films from the outrageous 1980 Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heapto the sophisticated 2004 Bad Education, this book provides more than an introduction and intimate look at the topics, style, aesthetics, and cultural sensibilities of Spain's most distinguished and celebrated film director since Luis Buñuel. By focusing on a film-by-film, and often scene-by-scene analysis, this book offers a meticulous interpretation of characters, situations, allusions, and cultural intersections as well as emphasizes the meaning and weight of cultural, historical and social contexts. The book traces the evolution of Almodóvar's career, from the perspective of aesthetic, narrative and stylistic concerns, and places those changes in the logical context of Spain's historical trajectory from the end of Franco's dictatorship to the transition to democracy, exploring Almodóvar's interest on issues of identity, sexuality, and nationalism.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

The British Film Institute offers a series highlighting international filmmakers from Australian director Baz Luhrmann to American cult favorite Terrence Malick. Pedro Almodóvar helped invent a new Spanish cinema emerging from the repression of the Franco era. Films like Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown attracted international attention and made Antonio Banderas a worldwide movie star. Here, clear prose illuminates the career of this openly gay director known for his insightful depiction of women. The author notes that Almodóvar may revel in the "aesthetics of bad taste," providing a heady mix of satire, sexual candor, memories, pain, and guilt, but he also takes us on a journey that points to reconciliation and healing. Recommended for libraries with strong international film interests.
—Stephen Rees

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844571505
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/18/2007
  • Series: BFI World Directors Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 7.45 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz is Associate Professor of Film Studies, Comparative Literature & Humanities, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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