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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.