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Pedro Almodóvar

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Iconic Spanish director, known for his mastery of blending Melodrama, comedy, and intelligent social commentary. Getting his start in The Seventies, shortly after the death of Francisco Franco led to a massive opening and blossoming of modern Spanish culture, with film, music, and other arts being given an opportunity to experiment after four decades of repression. There were subcultures flying everywhere--while most had existed even in Franco's time, they were no longer forced to be underground. Almodovar--himself gay, a community that did not have a nice time under Franco's conservative regime--turns to this, and its relationship with what came before, for material.

His style has gotten him attention abroad--one of the first postwar Spanish directors to do so. Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, and Volver all have great reputations outside of Spain--possibly more than inside it.

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