|Best known for:|
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Talk To Her
Academy Award, 2003
Cannes Film Festival (multiple)
Pedro Almodovar was born in 1949 in a small town in Spain. He moved as quickly as possible to Madrid to pursue a writing career. His early writings for underground publications evolved into photo-novellas, graphic novels illustrated with photographs instead of drawings. This, together with his involvement in "La Movida Madrileña," a 1970s Spanish underground social movement that helped Spain to emerge from the conservative repression of the Franco regime, led naturally to controversial film work. His first full-length feature was Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del monton in 1980. He first attracted notice in the US with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 1988, which was followed by the even more successful Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Almodovar has since gained a reputation as Spain's premier auteur director. His works typically feature compromised characters in situations that range from uncomfortable to scandalous. Sexuality tends to be dark and perverse in his films. He is noted for his strong depictions of female characters and he often features female protagonists, who frequently are played by Penelope Cruz. He credits Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder and Luis Buñuel as his main influences.
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