Pedro Almodovar is a renowned Spanish Director. His films have been described by many critics as some of the most controversial films throughout Spanish History as well as being some of the most widely recognised cinematic representations of the Post-Franco era. This website has been created in honour of his iconic artistic films and is a chance to learn more about him and to discuss freely opinions on any of his films.
Almodovar gained much significance as a director during the 'Movida' era. Following Francisco Franco's death in 1975, Pedro was one of the many young filmmakers in Spain to take advantage of the newfound freedom that appeared to embrace society. Since Franco was no longer dictating, many people - especially the young, went through a rebellious streak associating themselves with previously taboo activites such as drugs, sex, music, violence and film. I believe that Pedro Almodovar encouraged this movement a great deal with his outrageous story-lines including many of these taboo activities. Obviously films have always been a fundamental way of reflecting Politial and Social movements, but I feel that Almodovar went beyond this and he directed Spain further a long this social movement, by essentially influencing people's newly liberal way of thinking. His films firmly made their mark on cultural production and he went against any rule or any previously ' politically correct' idea.
Openly referring to himself as a 'women's director', Pedro Almodovar fully believes in celebrating the beauty and fascination of women on screen. Many of his films have been viewed as discriminative towards men, shown principally with the number of voyant and phallocentric male characters Pedro uses in his films.
A question for thought - While thinking about his influence during the Movida period it seems fair to question what right Almodovar had, if any, to produce such shocking films straight after the death of a prime minister that was quite clearly against any of these taboo activities and wanted his country to reject them as well?
Who does he think he is? Website Creation and Editing by Anna Guglielmi - 2/11/10