Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar

Highest Rated: 100% Law of Desire (1987)

Lowest Rated: 49% I'm So Excited! (2013)

Birthday: Sep 24, 1949

Birthplace: Calzada de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Splashing his colorful films across the dour post-Franco Spanish landscape with the irreverent glee of a prostitute arriving late to church after a long night, Pedro Almodóvar has been called the most influential Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel. Beginning in the 1980s, Almodóvar started serving up provocative, candy-colored visions fraught with postmodernist insight into everything from sex and violence to religion and the dangers of good gazpacho. Sometimes shocking, sometimes controversial, Almodóvar's films have always managed to present a new and intriguing view of his native country, shaping the attitudes of both his compatriots and a larger international audience.Born September 25, 1951, in Calzada de Calatrava, an impoverished hamlet of La Mancha, Almodóvar was raised in a traditional Spanish household. He studied with Salesian monks, sang in the choir, and generally felt like a misfit; he was later to remark that, for him, growing up in such an environment was tantamount to being an astronaut in King Arthur's court. At the age of 12, on seeing Richard Brooks' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Almodóvar decided to give purpose to his alienation, marking himself down for "a life of sin and degeneracy." As a teenager, Almodóvar was influenced by the films of such directors as Billy Wilder, Douglas Sirk, Alfred Hitchcock, Luis Buñuel, Blake Edwards, and neorealists Marco Ferreri and Fernando Fernán-Gómez; deciding to pursue a career as a filmmaker, he got out of La Mancha and headed to Madrid in 1969. Working at a phone company by day, he wrote short stories, mock newsreels, and spoof commercials at night, as he also made Super-8 shorts and one Super-8 feature. One of Almodóvar's stories, a dirty photo-novel he was commissioned to write for a fanzine in 1978, became his first feature film, the 1980 Pepi, Luci, Bom.... An outrageous sexual satire, the film delivered a happy slap to the face of Spanish society, which at the time still wallowed in Franco-style social intolerance. The film's campy, pop-art-colored hedonism and sexual vulgarity were mirrored two years later in Almodóvar's second effort, Labyrinth of Passion. Many Spanish critics, who had a bias toward the more "quality" films of the Spanish cinema establishment, reacted negatively to Almodóvar's work, labeling him too modern and superficial.The director reacted to such criticisms with Dark Habits (1983) and What Have I Done to Deserve This?! (1984). Although both films were comedies, they delved into more serious, complex subjects. Dark Habits presented a criticism of the Catholic Church through the story of a woman forced to hide out with a group of outrageous nuns, while What Have I Done to Deserve This?! was the tale of a housewife struggling to cope with the travails of everyday life. This latter theme of the downtrodden housewife would arise repeatedly in the director's work, as would other issues of female independence and solidarity. Almodóvar's subsequent films deepened his exploration of sexual desire and the sometimes brutal laws governing it. Matador (1986) offered up desire as a bridge between sexual attraction and death, presenting the viewer with a cornucopia of sexual options, including fetishism, gay and straight voyeurism, necrophilia, and female penetration. This variety was further explored in the aptly named Law of Desire (1987), which offered up similarly overt sexuality, as well as Antonio Banderas in his first starring role. Banderas also starred in Almodóvar's subsequent feature, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), which took a sharp and unfailingly amusing look at female sexuality and desire, and further established Almodóvar as a "women's director." It also earned its director international acclaim and 7.8 million dollars domestically, remaining the highest-grossing film in Spanish history for a decade.


Highest Rated Movies



97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) Director Screenwriter 2019
75% El Angel (El ángel) Producer 2018
95% Chavela Actor $0.2M 2017
84% Julieta Screenwriter Director $1.5M 2016
86% The Clan (El Clan) Producer $0.2M 2016
94% Wild Tales Producer 2015
49% I'm So Excited! Director $1.4M 2013
No Score Yet Almodovar's History of Cinema Director 2013
81% The Skin I Live In Director Screenwriter $3.2M 2011
No Score Yet Quién fue Pilar Miró? Actor 2011
81% Broken Embraces Screenwriter Producer Director $5M 2009
No Score Yet La concejala antropófaga (The Cannibalistic Councillor) Director 2009
75% La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) Producer 2008
No Score Yet Je t'aime... moi non plus: Artistes et critiques Actor 2007
69% The Secret Life of Words Executive Producer 2006
91% Volver Director Screenwriter $12.9M 2006
77% The Holy Girl Executive Producer $0.3M 2005
88% Bad Education Director Screenwriter $5M 2004
65% My Life Without Me Executive Producer $0.3M 2003
92% Talk to Her Screenwriter Director $9.1M 2002
92% The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) Producer 2001
98% All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) Screenwriter Director 1999
80% Live Flesh (Carne trémula) Director Screenwriter 1998
83% The Flower of My Secret Screenwriter Director 1995
57% Kika Screenwriter Director 1993
53% Tacones Lejanos (High Heels) Screenwriter Director 1991
86% Madonna: Truth or Dare Himself 1991
70% Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) Screenwriter Director 1990
89% Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios) Producer Director Screenwriter 1988
100% Law of Desire Screenwriter Director Dependiente 1987
95% Matador Screenwriter Director 1986
No Score Yet Tráiler para amantes de lo prohibido Director 1985
78% What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qu he hecho yo para merecer esto!!) Director 1984
69% Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits) (Dark Hideout) Screenwriter Director 1983
100% Labyrinth of Passion Performer 1982
50% Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón) Director Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet Salomé Director 1978
No Score Yet Folle... folle... fólleme Tim! Director 1978
No Score Yet Sea caritativo Director 1976
No Score Yet Muerte en la carretera Director 1976
No Score Yet Sueño, o la estrella Director 1975
No Score Yet Homenaje Director 1975
No Score Yet La Caída de Sódoma Director 1975
No Score Yet Blancor Director 1975
No Score Yet Film político Director 1974
No Score Yet Dos putas, o historia de amor que termina en boda Director 1974
No Score Yet Tráiler de Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Trailer of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) Director 1966


No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Nailed It: Spain


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