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Almodovar: A Retrospective (PRE-ORDER)

Almodovar: A Retrospective (PRE-ORDER)

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A lavishly illustrated retrospective of Pedro Almodóvar, Spain’s foremost filmmaker, published to coincide with his 75th birthday. Pedro Almodóvar is a master of contemporary cinema. An auteur with an infinite imagination, the creator of unforgettable characters, and promoter of a challenging and captivating cinema, his list of accolades is virtually unmatched.

Almodóvar came to prominence during La Movida Madrileña, a cultural renaissance that followed after the end of Francoist Spain. His first few films characterized the sense of sexual and political freedom of the period. In 1986, he established his own film production company, El Deseo, with his younger brother Agustín Almodóvar, who has been responsible for producing all of his films since Law of Desire.

Almodóvar achieved international recognition for his black comedy-drama film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and went on to further success with the dark romantic comedy Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, the melodrama High Heels and the thriller Live Flesh. His subsequent two films, All About My Mother and Talk to Her, each earned him an Academy Award, for Best Foreign Film and Best Original Screenplay respectively. His subsequent films Volver, The Skin I Live In, Julieta and Pain and Glory were all in contention for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Pau Gómez provides unique insight on every one of Almodóvar’s twenty-two major films. Profusely illustrated with unseen archive and behind-the-scenes stills, and featuring many first-person observations, this is an insider’s perspective on Almodóvar’s legendary achievements.


Publication: 19 Sept 2024, Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 9780500028568

Extent: 240 pages, 200 colour illustrations

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