Author : Brad Epps, Despina Kakoudaki
Description:One of world cinemas most exciting filmmakers, Pedro Almod?var has been delighting, provoking, arousing, shocking, andabove allentertaining audiences around the globe since he first burst onto the international film scene in the early 1980s. All about Almod?var offers new perspectives on the filmmakers artistic vision and cinematic preoccupations, influences, and techniques. Through overviews of the filmmakers oeuvre and in-depth analyses of specific films, the essays here explore a diverse range of subjects: Almod?vars nuanced use of television and music in his films; his reworkings of traditional film genres such as comedy, horror, and film noir; his penchant for melodrama and its relationship to melancholy, violence, and coincidence; his intricate questioning of sexual and national identities; and his increasingly sophisticated inquiries into visuality and its limits. Closing with Almod?vars own diary account of the making of Volver and featuring never-before-seen photographs from El Deseo studio, All about Almod?var both reflects and illuminates its subjects dazzling eclecticism. Contributors: Mark Allinson, U of Leicester; Pedro Almod?var; Isolina Ballesteros, Baruch College; Leo Bersani, UC Berkeley; Marvin DLugo, 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 CastillaLa 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.