Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

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Verso, 2000 - Performing Arts - 217 pages
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This text examines the work of Pedro Almodovar, the Spanish director whose nine features to date include the comedy, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988), the S & M melodrama, "Tie me up! Tie me down!" (1990) and the family romance, "High Heels" (1991). This study argues not only that Almodovar is a highly skilled manipulator of cinematic form, but also that his films raise important questions--of gender, nationality and sexuality--which demand a serious response from their audience. "Desire Unlimited" offers analyses derived from recent feminist, gay and postmodern theory.
 

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The author (Spanish, Cambridge Univ.) looks at one of Spain's most important contemporary film directors, beginning with his first full-length feature and ending with High Heels (1991). There is no ... Read full review

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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