Titel: Post-Franco, Postmodern: The Films of Pedro Almodovar
Autor/en: Barbara Morris, Kathleen Vernon
PRAEGER FREDERICK A
Januar 1995 - gebunden - 232 Seiten
The films of Pedro Almodovar have demonstrated great crossover appeal in their ability to attract both mainstream and marginal audiences and to command critical as well as commercial success. The contributors to this anthology of critical essays seek, through close readings of the director's 10 feature films, to analyze the multiple contexts of Almodovar's phenomenal international success. This volume offers a corrective to the glib approaches that have dominated previous discussions of Almodovar's films, which have treated them, on the one hand, as simply the latest contribution to the travel poster image of passionate, "romantic Spain," or, on the other, as historical joyrides through the global pop culture scene. As the first comprehensive study of Almodovar's cinema to be published in North America, the book is also noteworthy for the range of critical and theoretical methodologies that the contributors bring to the study of his works. Drawing upon disciplines that run from psychoanalysis, feminism, queer theory, film and media studies, and cultural theory to the empirical study of audience response, the authors nevertheless share a concern to illuminate the specifically Spanish context of the director's films. While this volume serves the important function of introducing American audiences to post-Franco Spanish culture, it also pursues the complementary goal of projecting contemporary Spain into the critical debate on the forms and functioning of postmodern culture and society.
Introduction - Pedro Almodovar, Postmodern Auteur, Barbara Morris and Kathleen M. Vernon. "Pepi, Luci, Bom and Dark Habits" - Lesbian Comedy, Lesbian Tragedy, Paul Julian Smith; Sense or Sensibility, or Latent Heterosexuality and "Labyrinth of Passion", James Mandrell; Melodrama Against Itself - "What Have I Done To Deserve This?", Kathleen M. Vernon; Tauromachy as a Spectacle of Gender Revision in "Matador", Leora Lev; Almodovar's Laws of Subjectivity and Desire in "Law of Desire", Barbara Morris; Figuring Hysteria - Disorder and Desire in Three Films by Almodovar, Brad Epps; Almodovar's City of Desire, Marvin D'Lugo; From Matricide to Motherlove - "High Heels", Marsha Kinder; Almodovar's Postmodern Cinema - A Work in Progress..., Victor Fuentes; From Rough Trade to Free Trade - Toward a Contextual Analysis of Audience Response to the Films of Pedro Almodovar, Wendy Rolph.
?An important study of Almodovar and his widely acclaimed films. Each of the ten contributors carefully analyzes one or more of Almodovar films while engaging with current cultural debates. Rounding out this impressive volume are an intelligent introduction, two dozen photos, a filmography, and a bibliography highlighting the US critical reception of Almodovar's films. Theoretically sound and eminently readable, this work will appeal to scholars and aficionados alike. All academic libraries.?-Choice