Edited by leading authorities on the subject, and bringing together a stellar cast of contributors, this detailed appraisal of Pedro Almodovar s unique cinematic art examines the themes, style, and aesthetics of his oeuvre and locates it in the context of the profound cultural transformations in Spain since the 1970s.
Brings together a stellar cast of contributors from across the globe including recognized and established specialists as well as talented younger scholarsFeatures contributions by Spanish film historians, where studies of Almodovar s work have been underrepresented in the academic literatureDeploys new approaches to the analysis of film authorship by exploring contextual issues such as Almodovar s transnational appeal and the political dimensions of his worksTraces the director s fruitful collaborations in the areas of art and design, fashion and music
Marvin D'Lugo is Professor of Spanish and Adjunct Professor of Screen Studies at Clark University, Massachusetts where he teaches courses on Spanish and Latin-American cinema. He has published a number of books including Pedro Almodovar (2006) in the University of Illinois Press Contemporary Film Directors series. Kathleen M. Vernon is Associate Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is author and editor of numerous studies on Spanish cinema and culture including Post-Franco, Postmodern: The Films of Pedro Almodovar (1995).
Notes on Contributors viii Acknowledgments xv Introduction: The Skin He Lives In 1 Marvin D Lugo and Kathleen M. Vernon Part I Bio-Filmography 19 1 Almodovar s Self-Fashioning: The Economics and Aesthetics of Deconstructive Autobiography 21 Paul Julian Smith 2 Creative Beginnings in Almodovar s Work 39 Francisco A. Zurian 3 Almodovar and Hitchcock: A Sorcerer s Apprenticeship 59 Dona Kercher 4 A Life, Imagined and Otherwise: The Limits and Uses of Autobiography in Almodovar s Films 88 Alberto Mira Part II Spanish Contexts 105 5 El Deseo s Itinerary : Almodovar and the Spanish Film Industry 107 Marina Diaz Lopez 6 Almodovar and Spanish Patterns of Film Reception 129 Josetxo Cerdan and Miguel Fernandez Labayen 7 Memory, Politics, and the Post-Transition in Almodovar s Cinema 153 Juan Carlos Ibanez 8 The Ethics of Oblivion: Personal, National, and Cultural Memories in the Films of Pedro Almodovar 176 Adrian Perez Melgosa Part III At the Limits of Gender 201 9 Our Rapists, Ourselves: Women and the Staging of Rape in the Cinema of Pedro Almodovar 203 Leora Lev 10 Paternity and Pathogens: Mourning Men and the Crises of Masculinity in Todo Sobre Mi Madre and Hable Con Ella 225 Dean Allbritton 11 Domesticating Violence in the Films of Pedro Almodovar 244 Noelia Saenz 12 La piel que habito: A Story of Imposed Gender and the Struggle for Identity 262 Francisco A. Zurian Part IV Re-readings 279 13 Re-envoicements and Reverberations in Almodovar s Macro-Melodrama 281 Marsha Kinder 14 The Flower of His Secret: Carne tremula and the Mise en Scene of Desire 304 Celestino Deleyto 15 Scratching the Past on the Surface of the Skin: Embodied Intersubjectivity, Prosthetic Memory, and Witnessing in Almodovar s La mala educacion 322 Julian Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla 16 Almodovar s Stolen Images 345 Javier Herrera Part V Global Almodovar 365 17 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: From Madrid (1988) to New York (2010) 367 Isolina Ballesteros 18 Almodovar s Global Musical Marketplace 387 Kathleen M. Vernon 19 Almodovar and Latin America: The Making of a Transnational Aesthetic in Volver 412 Marvin D Lugo 20 Is there a French Almodovar? 432 Jean-Claude Seguin 21 Almodovar in Asia: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and LGBT Film Culture 453 E. K. Tan Part VI Art and Commerce 469 22 To the Health of the Author: Art Direction in Los abrazos rotos 471 John D. Sanderson 23 Making Spain Fashionable: Fashion and Design in Pedro Almodovar s Cinema 495 Gerard Dapena 24 Almodovar, Cyberfandom, and Participatory Culture 524 Vicente Rodriguez Ortega Index 551