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Carmen Maura

Highest Rated:   100% Law of Desire (1987)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet People You May Know
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet El futuro no es lo que era
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Un Village Presque Parfait
  • Actor
2015
82% Witching and Bitching
  • Graciana Barrenetxea
2014
No Score Yet El rey del río
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet La madre (The Mother)
  • Actor
2014
86% Paulette
  • Maria
$10k 2013
29% 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
71% Tetro
  • 'Alone'
$0.3M 2009
No Score Yet La Virgen Negra
  • Sra. Isabel
2008
No Score Yet El Menor de los males
  • Actor
2007
92% Volver
  • Abuela Irene
$12.9M 2006
43% Reinas (Queens)
  • Magda
$26.7M 2006
26% Free Zone
  • Mrs. Breitberg
2006
No Score Yet Lesser Evil
  • Actor
2006
75% 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
60% 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
  • Director
  • 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)
  • Carmen
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Ay, Carmela!
  • Carmela
1990
89% 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
89% Matador
  • Julia
1986
No Score Yet Be Wanton and Tread No Shame
  • Carmen
1985
88% What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qu he hecho yo para merecer esto!!)
  • Gloria
1984
67% 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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