The Man from La Mancha: An in-depth exploration of Almodóvar’s complete œuvre Un film de Almodóvar: whether appearing in his stylish opening credits or on the suggestive poster that invariably accompanies each of his films, this announcement triggers a range of expectations. Sexy and subversive, colorful and controversial, passionate and provocative, Pedro Almodóvar’s world is unlike any other director’s. Thanks to his remarkably cohesive and consistent œuvre, the Manchegan maverick has become a reliable brand, his name a byword for the visual opulence, experimentation and eroticism of post-Franco Spanish cinema.
Almodóvar found fame with self-penned, gender-bending plots depicting the often comic misfortunes of junkies, nuns, housewives, whores, transvestites and transsexuals. Praised by critics, championed by fellow film-makers, adored by actors and adorned with international awards, he is the most successful Spanish film-maker since Luis Buñuel, with films such as Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and Volver.
A self-taught auteur, Almodóvar draws on influences as diverse as Douglas Sirk, Frank Tashlin, Andy Warhol and John Waters. His feature films borrow liberally from, and frequently invert, traditional genres of classic American cinema—including film noir, melodrama and screwball comedy. Yet they remain unmistakably Iberian, rooted predominantly in the director’s beloved Madrid, exploring Spanish myths and modernity to the rhythms of bolero-laden soundtracks. Most recently, the enfant terrible of the 1980s arthouse scene has matured into the Academy Award-winning director of All About My Mother, a film universally acknowledged for its emotional resonance, sophistication and craftsmanship. Almodóvar’s distinctive, once marginalized world has finally entered the mainstream.
For this unprecedented monograph, Pedro Almodóvar has given TASCHEN complete access to his archives, including never-before-published images, such as personal photos he took during filming. In addition to writing captions for the photos, Almodóvar invited prominent Spanish authors to write introductions to each of his films, and selected many of his own texts to accompany this visual odyssey through his complete works.
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Bárbara Peiró has been working with Pedro Almodóvar for 11 years that have included five films, lots of promotional trips, an exhibition at the French Cinémathèque, a stage adaptation of All About My Mother and a Broadway musical of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
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Descripción Taschen, 2011. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First Printing. 408 pages. A Deluxe Edition with a worldwide print run of 12,500 of which this is book No. 5047. Signed boldly by Pedro Almodovar on the limitation page. Also included is an actual 35 mm film strip from the movie Volver from Almodovar's personal library. This massive book is a retrospect of Pedro Almodovar's legacy of films and attitudes. The book measures 15 inches wide and, when fully open, the photographs practically come alive. A great addition to any Pedro Almodovar collection or film library. Paypal always welcome. We pack and ship all our books with care in cardboard boxes. Additional photos emailed upon request. For Overseas shipping, check us on EBay. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 11-11-11 Case
Descripción Taschen, 2012. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P113836502836