A Companion to Pedro Almdovar

A Companion to Pedro Almdovar


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ISBN-13: 9781405195829
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/06/2013
Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Film Directors Series , #4
Pages: 584
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Marvin D'Lugo is Professor of Spanish and AdjunctProfessor of Screen Studies at Clark University, Massachusettswhere he teaches courses on Spanish and Latin-American cinema. Hehas published a number of books including PedroAlmodóvar (2006) in the University of IllinoisPress’ Contemporary Film Directors series.

Kathleen M. Vernon is Associate Professor of HispanicLanguages and Literatures at the State University of New York atStony Brook. She is author and editor of numerous studies onSpanish cinema and culture including Post-Franco, Postmodern:The Films of Pedro Almodóvar (1995).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: The Skin He Lives In 1
Marvin D’Lugo and Kathleen M. Vernon

Part I Bio-Filmography 19

1 Almodóvar’s Self-Fashioning: The Economics andAesthetics of Deconstructive Autobiography 21
Paul Julian Smith

2 Creative Beginnings in Almodóvar’s Work 39
Francisco A. Zurian

3 Almodóvar and Hitchcock: A Sorcerer’sApprenticeship 59
Dona Kercher

4 A Life, Imagined and Otherwise: The Limits and Uses ofAutobiography in Almodóvar’s Films 88
Alberto Mira

Part II Spanish Contexts 105

5 El Deseo’s “Itinerary”: Almodóvar andthe Spanish Film Industry 107
Marina Díaz López

6 Almodóvar and Spanish Patterns of Film Reception129
Josetxo Cerdán and Miguel Fernández Labayen

7 Memory, Politics, and the Post-Transition inAlmodóvar’s Cinema 153
Juan Carlos Ibáñez

8 The Ethics of Oblivion: Personal, National, and CulturalMemories in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar 176
Adrián Pérez Melgosa

Part III At the Limits of Gender 201

9 Our Rapists, Ourselves: Women and the Staging of Rape in theCinema of Pedro Almodóvar 203
Leora Lev

10 Paternity and Pathogens: Mourning Men and the Crises ofMasculinity in Todo Sobre Mi Madre and Hable Con Ella 225
Dean Allbritton

11 Domesticating Violence in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar244
Noelia Saenz

12 La piel que habito: A Story of Imposed Gender and theStruggle for Identity 262
Francisco A. Zurian

Part IV Re-readings 279

13 Re-envoicements and Reverberations in Almodóvar’sMacro-Melodrama 281
Marsha Kinder

14 The Flower of His Secret: Carne trémula and the Mise enScène of Desire 304
Celestino Deleyto

15 Scratching the Past on the Surface of the Skin: EmbodiedIntersubjectivity, Prosthetic Memory, and Witnessing inAlmodóvar’s La mala educación 322
Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla

16 Almodóvar’s Stolen Images 345
Javier Herrera

Part V Global Almodóvar 365

17 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: From Madrid (1988)to New York (2010) 367
Isolina Ballesteros

18 Almodóvar’s Global Musical Marketplace 387
Kathleen M. Vernon

19 Almodóvar and Latin America: The Making of aTransnational Aesthetic in Volver 412
Marvin D’Lugo

20 Is there a French Almodóvar? 432
Jean-Claude Seguin

21 Almodóvar in Asia: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and LGBT FilmCulture 453
E. K. Tan

Part VI Art and Commerce 469

22 To the Health of the Author: Art Direction in Los abrazosrotos 471
John D. Sanderson

23 Making Spain Fashionable: Fashion and Design in PedroAlmodóvar’s Cinema 495
Gerard Dapena

24 Almodóvar, Cyberfandom, and Participatory Culture524
Vicente Rodríguez Ortega

Index 551

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“Marvin D'Lugo and Kathleen M. Vernon give us the ideal companion to Pedro Almodovar's films. Established and emerging writers offer a rainbow of insights for fans as well as academics.”
Jerry W. Carlson, Professor of Film Studies, The City College & Graduate Center CUNY

“Rarely has a contemporary film artist been treated to the kind of broad, rich discussion of their work that can be found in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar.”
Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies, Columbia University

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