Carmen Maura

Carmen Maura

Highest Rated: 100% Law of Desire (1987)

Lowest Rated: 4% Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2010)

Birthday: Sep 15, 1945

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Carmen Maura is a giant of Spanish cinema, a woman who has won numerous international awards for her work. Once the celebrated host of a Spanish television show, El Noche, and cabaret artist, Carmen Maura's star as a queen of cinema rose with that of Pedro Almodóvar.Maura began her film career in 1970, turning in great performances in films such as The Man in Hiding (1970); Fernando Colomo's Paper Tigers (1977); and Carlos Saura's 1978 film Blindfolded Eyes. The actress appeared in Almodóvar's very first film, Pepi, Luci, Bom, in 1980. Their collaboration lasted through seven films, including What Have I Done to Deserve This? and Dark Habits, both made in 1984, and The Law of Desire (1986). In the process, Maura showed the range of her abilities, as she portrayed the unusual characters that Almodóvar favors, such as a lesbian nun and a transsexual actress involved in a love triangle with her brother, played by Antonio Banderas. The two worked again in an Almodóvar vehicle that was destined to catapult them all to international stardom. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was released in 1988. The film won numerous awards, launched Banderos' career in America, and led Carmen Maura to the winners' circle for the European Film Award for Best Actress.Her starring role as Pepa contains all the classic elements of an Almodóvar film. She is a strong and capable woman, in distress at her lover's impersonal bet, as he breaks up with her via a note and her answering machine. Her current condition of pregnancy makes his sudden departure all the more upsetting. As she teeters on the brink of insanity, her world is invaded by others vying for her time and attention at a most inopportune time: she is preparing to take her own life. Maura's gifts for comedy and pathos are evident in the hilarious scene in her apartment in which she tends to the needs of others, notably played by Banderos, Rossy de Palma, and Maria Barranco, while coming to terms with her own predicament. Almodóvar, always the admirer of the strength of women, has Pepa discovering that very fact for herself. By giving her compassion generously to others, she saves herself and is ready to face life once more.Maura won the European Film Festival Best Actress award again in 1990 for her title role in Saura's Ay, Carmela!, with her riveting performance as an entertainer during the Spanish Civil War. Among her noteworthy contributions to cinema in the '90s were her characterizations in Happiness Is in the Field, directed by Etienne Chatiliez, in 1995; Téchiné's Alice and Martin (1998); and Common Wealth (2000), the latest film from Alex de la Eglesia. The luminous Carmen Maura is still going strong in the 21st century, having completed work in Eva Lesmes' The Hold-Up in 2001.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Historias de nuestro cine Actor 2019
No Score Yet In Family I Trust (Gente que viene y bah) Ángela 2019
No Score Yet Sales gosses Teresa 2017
83% Cuernavaca Actor 2017
20% The Kids Are Back (Cuando los hijos regresan) Actor 2017
No Score Yet People You May Know Actor 2016
No Score Yet Chasing Satellites Actor 2016
No Score Yet El futuro no es lo que era Actor 2016
No Score Yet Musical Chairs (Les chaises musicales) Lucie 2015
No Score Yet Un Village Presque Parfait Actor 2015
86% Witching and Bitching Graciana Barrenetxea 2014
No Score Yet El rey del río Actor 2014
No Score Yet La madre (The Mother) Actor 2014
83% Paulette Maria $10K 2013
33% Let My People Go! Rachel $12.8K 2013
No Score Yet Alliance Cherche Doigt Actor 2013
No Score Yet Sé infiel y no mires con quién Actor 2013
No Score Yet Sofía y el Terco Actor 2012
67% Les femmes du 6e étage (The Women on the 6th Floor) Concepcion $0.6M 2011
4% Hemingway's Garden of Eden Madame Aurol $22.6K 2010
No Score Yet Chicas Actor 2010
70% Tetro 'Alone' $0.3M 2009
No Score Yet La Virgen Negra Sra. Isabel 2008
No Score Yet El Menor de los males Actor 2007
91% Volver Abuela Irene $12.9M 2006
45% Reinas (Queens) Magda $26.7M 2006
26% Free Zone Mrs. Breitberg 2006
No Score Yet Lesser Evil Actor 2006
78% Al Otro Lado Actor 2005
61% Valentin Actor $0.3M 2004
No Score Yet Searching for Love (Entre vivir y soñar) Actor 2004
No Score Yet Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Pact of Silence Mere Emmanuelle 2003
No Score Yet Le Pacte du silence Actor 2003
No Score Yet Le Ventre de Juliette Actor 2003
No Score Yet Valentin Abuela 2003
45% 800 Balas (800 Bullets) Laura 2002
No Score Yet Assassini dei giorni di festa (Killers on Holiday) Actor 2002
No Score Yet El palo (The Hold-Up) Actor 2001
No Score Yet Muerto de la Pena (Arregui, la noticia del día) Actor 2001
No Score Yet La Comunidad (Common Wealth) Julia 2000
61% Alice et Martin Jeanine 2000
No Score Yet Le harem de Mme Osmane (The Harem of Madame Osmane) Actor 2000
No Score Yet Lisboa (Lisbon) Berta 1999
No Score Yet El Cometa Lupe 1999
50% Women Linda 1997
No Score Yet Happiness Is in the Field (Le Bonheur est Dans le Pré) Dolores 1997
No Score Yet Pareja de Tres Actor 1996
No Score Yet Cómo ser infeliz y disfrutarlo (How to Be Miserable and Enjoy It) Carmen 1994
No Score Yet Louis, enfant roi (Louis, the Child King) Anne of Austria 1994
No Score Yet Shadows in a Conflict Ana 1993
No Score Yet Sombras en una batalla (Shadows in a Conflict) Actor 1993
No Score Yet Sur la terre comme au ciel (Between Heaven and Earth) Maria Garcia 1992
No Score Yet Extramuros Sister Ana 1992
No Score Yet Cómo ser mujer y no morir en el intento (How to Be a Woman and Not Die in the Attempt) Director Carmen 1991
No Score Yet Ay, Carmela! Carmela 1990
90% Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios) Pepa 1988
No Score Yet Bâton rouge Isabel Harris 1988
100% Law of Desire Tina Quintero 1987
92% Matador Julia 1986
No Score Yet Be Wanton and Tread No Shame Carmen 1985
78% What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qu he hecho yo para merecer esto!!) Gloria 1984
69% Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits) (Dark Hideout) Sor Perdida 1983
No Score Yet Gary Cooper, Who Art in Heaven (Gary Cooper, que estás en los cielos) Actor 1980
43% Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón) Pepi 1980
No Score Yet La Mano negra (The Black Hand) Actor 1980
No Score Yet Folle... folle... fólleme Tim! Actor 1978
No Score Yet Blindfolded Eyes (Los Ojos vendados) Actor 1978
No Score Yet Que Hace una Chica Como tu en un Sitio Como Este? Actor 1978
No Score Yet Tigres de papel Actor 1977


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