Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

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Verso, 2000 - Performing Arts - 217 pages
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In the last decade, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar has grown from critical darling of the
film circuit scene to mainstream success. Frequently comic, often deadly serious, always
visually glorious, his recent films range from the Academy Award-winning drama Talk to
Her
to the 2011 horror film The Skin I Live In. Though they are ambitious and varied in style,
each is a distinctive innovation on the themes that have defined his work.

Desire Unlimited is the classic film-by-film assessment of Almodóvar's oeuvre,
now updated to include his most recent work. Still the only study of its kind in English,
it vigorously confirms its original argument that beneath Almodóvar's genius for
comedy and visual pleasure lies a filmmaker whose work deserves to be taken with the
utmost seriousness.


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Contents

INTRODUCTION EL DESEO SA DESIRE LTD
1
PERI LUCI BOM Y OTRAS CHICAS DEL MONTON PEPI LUCI BOM AND OTHER GIRLS ON THE HEAP 1980 Rhetoric and Reference
9
LABERINTO DE PASIONES LABYRINTH OF PASSION 1982 Cult Film Experiences
23
ENTRE TINIEBLAS DARK HABITS 1983 Out of the Convent
37
QUE HE HECHO YO PARA MERECER ESTO? WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? 1984 Gender Space Representation
51
MATADOR 1986 Power Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible
65
LA LEY DEL DESEO THE LAW OF DESIRE 1987 A Talent for Production
79
MUJERES AL HORDE DE UN ATAQUE DE NERVIOS WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN 1988 Femininity by Design
93
Screen Memories
137
FILMOGRAPHY AND PLOT SYNOPSES
141
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
157
PART II
163
KIKA 1993 Future Chic
165
LA FLOR DE MI SECRETO THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET 1995 An Interview with Pedro Almodovar
171
CARNE TRÉMULA LIVE FLESH 1997 Absolute Precision
181
TODO SOBRE MI MADRE ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER 1999 Silicone and Sentiment
189

Plate 1
107
Plate 24
108
ATAME TIE ME UP TIE ME DOWN 1990 Not a Love Story
108
TACONES LEJANOS HIGH HEELS 1991 Imitations of Life
121
AND PLOT SYNOPSES
197
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL UPDATE
205
INDEX
209
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Paul Julian Smith is Professor of Spanish and Head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Cambridge University. His previous books include Vision Machines: Cinema, Literature and Sexuality in Spain and Cuba, 1983–1993 and The Moderns: Time, Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Culture.

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