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Pedro Almodovar by Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz
  

Pedro Almodovar

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Pedro Almodovar by Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz

The book provides a detailed introduction to the essential themes, style, and aesthetics of Pedro Almodovar's films, put in the context of Spain's profound cultural transitions since 1980. With precise and close analysis, the book covers the major concerns of the most successful of all Spanish film directors and makes direct, clear connections to the logic of Almodovar's aesthetic and stylistic choices. By spanning the entirety of Pedro Almodovar's feature making career, the book emphasizes the director's sensibility to make the outrageous believable and to always give a unique spin to the issues Spanish history, culture and identity. A detailed and comprehensive approach to all of Pedro Almodovar's feature films from the outrageous 1980 Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap to the sophisticated 2004 Bad Education , this book provides more than an introduction an intimate look at the topics, style, aesthetics and cultural sensibilities of Spain's most distinguished and celebrated film director since Luis Bunuel. By focusing on a film-by-film, and often scene-by-scene analysis, this book offers a meticulous interpretation of characters, situations, allusions and cultural intersections, as well as emphasizing the meaning and weight of cultural, historical and social contexts. The book traces the evolution of Almodovar's career, from the perspective of aesthetic, narrative and stylistic concerns and places those changes in the logical context of Spain's historical trajectory from the end of Franco's dictatorship to the transition to democracy, exploring Almodovar's interest on issues of identity, sexuality, and nationalism.

About the Author

Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz is Associate Professor of Film Studies, Comparative Literature & Humanities, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th April 2007

Author

Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz

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Publisher

BFI Publishing an imprint of British Film Institute

Format

Paperback
216 pages

Categories

Individual film directors, film-makers

ISBN

9781844571505

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