A Spanish Labyrinth: Films of Pedro Almodóvar, The

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I.B.Tauris, Aug 18, 2001 - Performing Arts - 258 pages
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Almodóvar is Spain’s most successful and controversial director, representing a unique blend of art-house auteur and popular film-maker. His films, with their mix of Hollywood and European styles and of popular melodrama and comedy, have been attracting growing international audiences since the success of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. A Spanish Labyrinth is a much needed, clear, and comprehensive introduction to the films of Almodóvar, investigating the cultural and national contexts for his work, issues of gender, sexuality, stars, genre, visual style, music, and much more. It is the ideal companion to Almodóvar for students of film and Hispanic Studies, as well as those generally interested in film and Spanish culture.
 

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Contents

Almodóvar the Auteur of a Free Spain
3
Cultural Context
7
Content
23
National Identity
25
Social Structures
46
Gender
72
Sexuality
93
Construction
109
Music and Songs
194
Conclusions
207
Postmodernism Performance and Parody
209
Notes
217
Glossary of Spanish Terms
227
Filmography and Plot Summaries
230
Video and DVD Availability
245
Bibliography
246

Madrid Cinematic and Sociocultural Space
111
Genre
122
Visual Style
158

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Mark Allinson lectures in the Department of Hispanic Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London.

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