Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar
Born 1949, Calzada de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it. Besides, the filmmaking schools were closed in early 70s by Franco's government. Instead, he found a job in the Spanish phone company and saved his salary to buy a Super 8 camera. From 1972 to 1978, he devoted himself to making short films with the help of his friends. The "premieres" of those early films were famous in the rapidly growing world of the Spanish counter-culture. In a few years, Almodóvar became a star of "La Movida", the pop cultural movement of the late 70s Madrid. His first feature film, Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón was made in 16 mm and blown-up to 35 mm for public release. In 1987, he and his brother Agustín Almodóvar established their own production company: El Deseo, S. A. The "Almodóvar phenomenon" has spread all over the world, making his films very popular in many countries.

Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, 1980), Labyrinth of Passion (Laberinto de pasiones, 1982), Dark Habits (Entre tinieblas,1983), What Have I Done to Deserve This? (¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!!,1984), Matador (1986), Law of Desire (La Ley del deseo, 1987), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios,1988), Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (¡Átame!, 1990), High Heels (Tacones lejanos,1991), Kika (1993), The Flower of My Secret (La Flor de mi secreto, 1995), Live Flesh (Carne trémula,1997), All about My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre, 1999), Talk to Her (Hable con ella, 2002), Bad Education (La Mala educación, 2004), Return (Volver, 2006).




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