Waves of Opposition

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University of Illinois Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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In Pedro Almodovar, Marvin D'Lugo offers a concise, informed, and insightful commentary on the man who has become a preeminent force in modern cinema and by far the best known Spanish filmmaker among English-speaking audiences. D'Lugo follows Almodovar's career chronologically as he moves from amateur to international celebrity, analyzing the films' increasing complexity in terms of the director's central themes within the context of Spanish film tradition. D'Lugo considers wide ranging critical sources and develops recognized Almodovar themes in exciting new ways, including his use of melodrama and Hollywood genre film, his self invention as a filmmaker, and his on-screen sexual politics. D'Lugo also discusses what he calls "geocultural positioning": Almodovar's paradoxical ability to use his marginal positions (in terms of his class, geographical origin, and identity) to develop an expressive language that is emotionally recognizable by audiences worldwide. Including two interviews with the director and original interpretations of his most recent films, Pedro Almodovar will reward new film students and specialists alike.

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Great resource for understanding all of Almodovar's films, and recognizing thematic patterns across his entire body of work. Also contains some interesting quotes and interviews from Pedro Almodovar ... Read full review



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MARVIN D'LUGO is Professor of Spanish and Adjunct Professor of Screen Studies at Clark University. He is the author of "The Films of Carlos Saura: The Practice of Seeing" (1991) and is currently completing a book on theories of national cinema.

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