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The cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

By Ana María Sanchez-Arce

The cinema of Pedro Almodóvar
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    This book offers a comprehensive film-by-film analysis of Spain's most famous living director, Pedro Almodóvar. It shows how Almodóvar's films draw on various national cinemas and genres, including Spanish cinema of the dictatorship, European art cinema, Hollywood melodrama and film noir. It also argues that Almodóvar's work is a form of social critique, his films consistently engaging with and challenging stereotypes about traditional and contemporary Spain in order to address Spain's traumatic historical past and how it continues to inform the present. Drawing on scholarship in both English and Spanish, the book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of film studies and Hispanic studies, scholars of contemporary cinema and general readers with a passion for the films of Pedro Almodóvar.

    Reviews

    'Sánchez-Arce adds significantly to understanding of Almodóvar with these insightful close readings of his features-readings that employ a methodology blending feminism and formalism while situating the films in appropriate sociopolitical and historical contexts.'
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    'The cinema of Pedro Almodóvar successfully manages the difficult task of finding new things to say about an auteur who has been widely written about and studied.'
    Dolores Tierney, Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas

    "The cinema of Pedro Almodovar" is an intelligent, thoroughly researched study of all the films up to "Dolor y Gloria" (Pain and Glory, 2019), showing them to be nuanced and political reflections on a reckoning with Franco.' The Prisma

    Contents

    Introduction
    1 The early films: Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón and Laberinto de pasiones
    2 Kicking the habit: Entre tinieblas
    3 High windows and ugly aesthetics: ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto?
    4 Faking Spain: Matador
    5 Other voices, other stories: La ley del deseo
    6 Pure theatre: Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
    7 On the verge of a genre breakdown: ¡Átame!, Tacones lejanos and Kika
    8 The end of romance: La flor de mi secreto
    9 Circle lines and memory work: Carne trémula
    10 Remembering children: Todo sobre mi madre
    11 Still lives: Hable con ella
    12 Faking memory: La mala educación
    13 Motherlands: Volver
    14 Archaeology in the dark: Los abrazos rotos
    15 Visual seduction: La piel que habito
    16 'Crisis cinema': Los amantes pasajeros and Julieta
    Afterword: Dolor y gloria
    Filmography
    References
    Index

    Author

    Ana María Sánchez-Arce is Reader in English at Sheffield Hallam University

    The cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

    By Ana María Sanchez-Arce

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