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By Brad Epps, Despina Kakoudaki

Certainly one of global cinema’s most fun filmmakers, Pedro Almod?var has been delighting, frightening, arousing, surprising, and—above all—entertaining audiences around the world seeing that he first burst onto the overseas movie scene within the early Nineteen Eighties. All approximately Almod?var bargains new views at the filmmaker’s creative imaginative and prescient and cinematic preoccupations, affects, and methods. via overviews of the filmmaker’s oeuvre and in-depth analyses of particular movies, the essays the following discover a various diversity of matters: Almod?var’s nuanced use of tv and tune in his motion pictures; his reworkings of conventional movie genres reminiscent of comedy, horror, and picture noir; his penchant for melodrama and its dating to depression, violence, and twist of fate; his problematic wondering of sexual and nationwide identities; and his more and more refined inquiries into visuality and its limits. last with Almod?var’s personal diary account of the making of Volver and that includes never-before-seen photos from El Deseo studio, All approximately Almod?var either displays and illuminates its subject’s impressive eclecticism. individuals: Mark Allinson, U of Leicester; Pedro Almod?var; Isolina Ballesteros, Baruch collage; Leo Bersani, UC Berkeley; Marvin D’Lugo, Clark U; Ulysse Dutoit, UC Berkeley; Peter William Evans, Queen Mary U of London; V?ctor Fuentes, UC Santa Barbara; Marsha Kinder, USC; Steven Marsh, U of Illinois, Chicago; Andy Medhurst, U of Sussex; Ignacio Olivia, Universidad Castilla–La Mancha, Cuenca; Paul Julian Smith, U of Cambridge; Kathleen M. Vernon, SUNY Stony Brook; Linda Williams, UC Berkeley; Francisco A. Zuri?n, U Carlos III, Madrid.

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One of the editors of this volume had the privilege to be on the set of Volver for the first days of shooting and to sit elbow-to-elbow beside the director at work. The experience allows him to attest firsthand to the director’s gentle rigor and attention to detail and to the actress’s willingness to give herself over to her mentor, to “lose herself ” in her role. To be sure, Almodóvar, in his diary, does not write of his “gentle rigor,” but of his expectations and ambivalences, his passion and search for magic, his fondness for a mode of emotive artifice that has little in common, other than its respect for the avant-garde, with the repudiation of artifice, auteurs, and “unnatural” optical effects advocated by such groups as Dogme 95.

Maura’s wary looks and guarded comments contrasted with Almodóvar’s unperturbed fluency. Triana is surely right to stress that this prime-time broadcast marked a definitive change in what is understood by “Spanish national cinema”: the shift from an exclusive definition of “quality” or “social-realist” film to an inclusive “discourse of diversity” that permitted a wider range of “generic and aesthetic choices” (142). Be that as it may, what we find here, in the emblematically named versión española, are two modes of perception that are typical of the medium.

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