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Also Known As: Pedro Almodvar Caballero Died:
Born: September 24, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Calzada de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, ES Profession: director, screenwriter, composer, performer, producer, comic book writer, production designer, author, telephone company employee, jewelry designer

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Arguably the most popular and important filmmaker to have emerged from Spain, director Pedro Almodovar forged a reputation as a sexual agent provocateur capable of eliciting both serious praise and unbridled revulsion. Reveling in the former and railing against the latter, Almodovar remained faithful to his native Spain for the entirety of his career in order to assure he could make the films he wanted. Having earned his first substantial notice for the low-budget "Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom" (1980), he thrived on making outlandish and provocative films throughout the decade, culminating in his first international success, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988). Almodovar went from celebrated Spanish filmmaker to notorious purveyor of sexually explicit material with "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" (1990) and "Kika" (1993), both of which spurred the ire of the puritanical Motion Picture Association of America, which slapped near-pornographic ratings on the films - an action that sparked outrage from the director. Nonetheless, Almodovar would triumph with "Live Flesh" (1998), "All About My Mother" (1999) and "Talk To Her" (2002), three dark and poignant films that marked a...

Arguably the most popular and important filmmaker to have emerged from Spain, director Pedro Almodovar forged a reputation as a sexual agent provocateur capable of eliciting both serious praise and unbridled revulsion. Reveling in the former and railing against the latter, Almodovar remained faithful to his native Spain for the entirety of his career in order to assure he could make the films he wanted. Having earned his first substantial notice for the low-budget "Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom" (1980), he thrived on making outlandish and provocative films throughout the decade, culminating in his first international success, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988). Almodovar went from celebrated Spanish filmmaker to notorious purveyor of sexually explicit material with "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" (1990) and "Kika" (1993), both of which spurred the ire of the puritanical Motion Picture Association of America, which slapped near-pornographic ratings on the films - an action that sparked outrage from the director. Nonetheless, Almodovar would triumph with "Live Flesh" (1998), "All About My Mother" (1999) and "Talk To Her" (2002), three dark and poignant films that marked a substantial evolution in his filmmaking maturity. Because of this, Almodovar - with a little help from his self-proclaimed cinematic muse, Penelope Cruz, by his side - entered the 21st century as a highly refined filmmaker, capable of earning the respect and adulation of international audiences while staying true to his native country.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Volver (2006)
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  Bad Education (2004) Director
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  Eros (2004) Director (Wraparounds)
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  Talk to Her (2002) Creator (Of Silent B&W Short "The Shrinking Lover"); Director
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  All About My Mother (1999) Director
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  Live Flesh (1997) Director
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  Kika (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Words In Progress (2004) Himself
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 Labyrinth of Passion (1990) Performer
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1962:
Won a prize at the age of 10 for an essay about the Immaculate Conception
1967:
Moved to Madrid with the goal of becoming a film director
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Wrote comic strips and articles for the underground Spanish publications <i>Star</i>, <i>Vibora</i> and <i>Vibraciones</i>
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Joined the vanguard theatrical group Los Goliardos, where he met Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas
1974:
Began making short films with overtly sexual narratives and no soundtrack, such as "Dos putas, o, Historia de amor que termina en boda/ Two Whores, or, A Love Story that Ends in Marriage" (1974) and "La estrella/The Star" (1977)
1978:
Made first feature-length film (in super-8) "Folle, folle, fólleme, Tim"
1978:
Made his first 16mm short "Salome," starring Carmen Maura
1980:
Made his first feature film "Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap"; first feature with Maura
1982:
Composed and performed the score for the film "Labyrinth of Passions"; also directed and first film with Antonio Banderas
1983:
Attracted attention outside of Spain with his third film "Dark Habits"
1984:
First international hit, "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
1985:
Formed production company El Deseo with brother Agustin
1987:
Directed the controversial feature "Law of Desire," starring Banderas; first film produced under El Deseo
1988:
First huge international success, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"; fourth film with Banderas and fifth with Maura; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film
1990:
Fifth collaboration with Banderas, "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"
1991:
Appeared in the documentary charting Madonna's world tour, "Truth of Dare"
1991:
Directed the family melodrama "High Heels"
1993:
Helmed the controversial film "Kika"; also cast his mother Francisca Caballero in a cameo role
1995:
Began departing from his typically comedic story lines for "The Flowers of My Secret"
1997:
First and only script adapted from a book, "Live Flesh"; first film with Penélope Cruz who played a small role
1999:
Directed Penélope Cruz in "All About My Mother," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
2002:
Wrote and directed the romantic comedy "Talk To Her"
2004:
Directed "Bad Education," a richly baroque tale of child sexual abuse; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Foreign Film
2006:
Directed Penélope Cruz in her Oscar nominated role in "Volver"; first film with Carmen Maura in almost 20 years
2009:
Reteamed with Cruz for "Broken Embraces"
2011:
Reteamed with Banderas in the drama thriller "La piel que habito" ("The Skin I Live In")
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Notes

Some sources list 1951 as the year of Mr. Almodovar's birth.

"Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" received the 1989 Orson Welles Award as best non-English film, the Goya as Best Film and that same year the Spanish magazine Cambio 16 named Almodovar as Man of the Year.

"All About My Mother" was named the Best Foreign-Language Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"It's something magical. To me it has become an obsession that sort of parallels a great love story. When you start a love story, you're moved by something very concrete. Perhaps a physical attraction. And then with time you discover the reasons why you are with that person. And a great love story begins to happen as the years pass. As if you have a disease that finally ends up consuming you entirely. Film has become something like that for me. At first it was a love story with a very immediate pleasure. And it has become something much more painful as time passes, but also something much more complete. Something I couldn't live without. I wonder where that need to make films and to narrate stories comes from. I don't know. Perhaps it is a fight against death, a fight against all the limitations we face." --Pedro Almodovar quoted in Los Angeles Times, May 6, 1990

"I want [the characters] to live in a universe that belongs only to them, as if they were alone in the world, and where pain becomes the only protagonist in their life.

It's not that I have any sympathy for murderers. But in my films, when one of my characters kills, as a writer I try to understand and explain it. And from that moment forward you're taking guilt away. And my characters--as I do--feel a natural antipathy towards authority and the police. So my characters end up winning." --Almodovar to New York Post, December 17, 1991

"Women on the Verge . . ." exemplified the classic Almodovarean technique of blending kitsch, melodrama, fantasy and salacious humor into a nimble and assured exploration of human feeling: Gabriel Garcia Marquez crossed with John Waters crossed with Virginia Woolf. Almodovar knows how to create female characters that are finely nuanced and surprisingly complex. Like Hitchcock, he is also a master at depicting the life of objects: typewriters, blenders, answering machines. And then there are touches that show no influence, that belong only to Almodovar." --From "Almodovar on the Verge" by David Leavitt in The New York Times Magazine, April 22, 1990

"He is a very courageous, brave man. He doesn't have any kind of fear when he is behind the camera. There is no self-censorship.

"Almodovar has always been afraid of Hollywood's control . . . But I think finally he has found some people and studios that will take a risk with him. I don't see Pedro Almodovar directing somebody else's scripts or somebody else's ideas. It must be something that comes from his heart." --Antonio Banderas quoted in Chicago Tribune, February 19, 1998

"I would like to work with him [Banderas], but I don't know if that's possible--he's become too expensive for me." --Pedro Almodovar to New York, January 19, 1998

"My first films coincided with a moment of absolute, vital explosion in the city. Madrid in the beginning of the 1980s was probably the most joyful, the most fun, the most permissive city in the world. It was really the rebirth of the city after such a horrible period as the Franco regime. If there was something characteristic about Madrid, about the culture of Madrid that I belonged to, it was the night life. That was my university, and the university for many others . . .

"Young people now are very preoccupied with the market, which is natural. But I remember in the early 80s, everything we did we did for pleasure, because we liked to, for the joy of doing it. Now people are not doing that, and it is a pity. Because when you are starting out, that is when you need to do exactly what you want, with no responsibility." --Almodovar quoted in The New York Times, January 18, 1998

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Francisca Caballero. Appeared in "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Atame!/Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"; died in September 1999.
brother:
Agustin Almodovar. Producer. Had cameo in "Women On The Verge"; heads the brothers' production company, El Deseo; younger.

Bibliography close complete biography

"El Sueno de la Razon/The Sleep of Reason"
"Fuego en las Entranas/Fire in the Guts"
"Todo Tuya/All Yours"

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