Pedro Almodóvar

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Best known as a Spanish film director, Pedro Almodóvar was born to a working class family in Calzada de Calatrava of Ciudad Real, a province of Castile-La Mancha in the administrative district of Almagro on September 24th 1949. His family moved to Cáceres in Extremadura when he was 8 years of age and he attended a Catholic boarding school run by Salesian friars. His experiences in religious institutions, and the sexual abuse he witnessed, would serve as the inspiration for his film Bad Education in 2004.
In the early seventies, Almodóvar grew interested in experimental cinema and theatre. He collaborated with the vanguard theatrical group, The Romantics (Spanish: Los Goliardos). Around 1972, Almodóvar began making his first short films on his Super 8 camera, and by the end of the seventies, he was also writing comics and contributing articles and stories to a number of countercultural magazines, such as Star and Vipers and Vibrations.
Almodóvar was a crucial figure in the Madrilene Movement (Spanish: La Movida Madrileña), a cultural renaissance that followed the fall of the Francisco Franco dictatorship. In addition to his cinematic work, Almodóvar sang alongside Fabio McNamara in a punk-glam-rock parody duo, published a novella, “Fire in the Guts” (Spanish: Fuego en las entrañas), and, writing under the pseudonym "Patty Difusa" penned various articles for major newspapers and magazines, such as El País, Diario 16 and La Luna.
Almodóvar's films, similar in aesthetic style and technique to those of the Spanish director Eloy de la Iglesia, cultivate a naturalism that deconstructs the depiction of middle-class values, typical of Spanish cinema. His films tend to deal with the marginal existence of the urban underclass and are full of scandalous and provocative elements, such as corrupt cops, drug consumption, prostitution, maltreatment, precocious kids, homosexuality, desperate housewives and philosophical country hicks. All this is combined with strong irreverent humour that often include explicit scenes of a sexual nature, as the golden shower scene of his first 35mm film, Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Woman on the Heap," attests.
Just like the surrealists, the occasional scandalous scene of bad taste is usually incorporated into Almodóvar's movies in order to perturb the morally haughty bourgeoisie and stilted intellectuals that feel they are above such unbecoming behaviour. Nonetheless, with the passage of time, Almodóvar has developed a more sophisticated and colourful sense of drama, closer to the classic melodramatic style of Douglas Sirk, and continues to improve his scriptwriting to the point where he has become a master of rhythm and structure. This progress was clearly evident in his breakout film of 1984, What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Spanish: ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto?), which again featured one of his favoured actresses in Carmen Maura.
1997s Live Flesh (Carne Tremula) showcased an altogether new calibre of filmmaking which has placed Almodóvar among the elite of world cinema. All about my Mother (Todo Sobre mi Madre), Talk to Her (Hable con ella), and Bad Education (Mala Educación) all garnered high critical acclaim, including an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film for All About My Mother.
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Albums

CD 0074 Pedro Almodóvar - Duets album art Paco Clavel El Twist del autobús Paco Clavel - Duets(CD, Album) Barsa Promociones CD 0074 Spain 1994 Sell This Version
MU-037 Pedro Almodóvar - La Vida Es Un Cabaret album art Paco Clavel El Twist Del Autobús and 1 more… Paco Clavel - La Vida Es Un Cabaret(LP, Album, Pin + CD, Album) Lemuria Music MU-037 Spain 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

293 Pedro Almodóvar - Voces Del Año album art Anuario 1989 Luz Verde Voces Del Año Anuario 1989 Luz Verde - Voces Del Año(7", Single, Promo) Interdisc (6) 293 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
DG003 Pedro Almodóvar - Diez Años De Sintonias De Diario Pop album art Various Almodovar Saluda Various - Diez Años De Sintonias De Diario Pop(7", Promo) DRO, Grabaciones Accidentales DG003 Spain 1993 Sell This Version

Compilations

PE 60-2 Pedro Almodóvar - La Canción Urbana album art Various Satana, S.A. (as Almodóvar) Various - La Canción Urbana(CD, Comp) Planeta Agostini PE 60-2 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
CD-0754 Pedro Almodóvar - Tributo A Los 80 album art Various El Twist Del Autobús Various - Tributo A Los 80(CD, Comp) Not On Label CD-0754 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
GLCD 003.4 Pedro Almodóvar - The Guest List: Magazine CD Audio CDTV album art Various Live Flesh (as Pedro Almodovar) Various - The Guest List: Magazine CD Audio CDTV(2xCD, Comp, Enh) Guest List GLCD 003.4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PYR 02 Pedro Almodóvar - Rock 'n' Roll People Volume 2 album art Various Gran Ganga Various - Rock 'n' Roll People Volume 2(LP, Album, Comp, Ltd) Piko's Yodelin' Records PYR 02 Germany 2012 Sell This Version

Videos

none Pedro Almodóvar - Lo Mejor De La Edad De Oro (Antología De Artistas Españoles) album art Various Tráiler Para Amantes De Lo Prohibido Various - Lo Mejor De La Edad De Oro (Antología De Artistas Españoles)(4xDVD, Comp, PAL + Box) Divisa Home Video none Spain 2008 Sell This Version