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Camp and the Hyperreal Telenovela in Almodóvar’s ‘All About My Mother’

Camp and the Hyperreal Telenovela in Almodóvar’s ‘All About My Mother’

In All About My Mother, Pedro Almodóvar leverages hyperreality through a camp lens to narrate a story that is as rich in theatricality as it is in the nuanced emotionality of the dream.

Venice Film Festival 2021: Films to Watch

Venice Film Festival 2021: Films to Watch

Competition at Venice Film Festival 2021 will be fierce, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs vying for the Volpi Cup and/or early Oscars buzz.

“I’ll See You Later”: Repetition and Time in Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘All About My Mother’

“I’ll See You Later”: Repetition and Time in Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘All About My Mother’

There are mythical moments in Almodóvar’s All About My Mother. We are meant to register repetition in the story as something wonderfully strange, a connection across the chasm of impossibility.

32 Films That Begin With Leaving a Mental Institution

32 Films That Begin With Leaving a Mental Institution

"Crazy" movies for crazy times. These 32 films make the case for the recently-escaped-or-released-mental-patient narrative as its own subgenre, replete with a language of recurring themes, plot devices, and character archetypes.

Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Pain and Glory’ and the Healing Power of Art

Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Pain and Glory’ and the Healing Power of Art

Veteran Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's pointedly autobiographical film, Pain and Glory, reflects on the power of art in shaping a life and legacy.

The 100 Essential Directors Part 1: Chantal Akerman – Bernardo Bertolucci

The 100 Essential Directors Part 1: Chantal Akerman – Bernardo Bertolucci

Neurotic New Yorkers, Queer Mavericks, Swedish close-ups and the art of putting a microphone on every person on set are but a few of the themes explored in PopMatters' first group of ten essential directors, Chantal Akerman through Bernardo Bertolucci. Please note that any perceived omissions were likely on purpose...

Pedro Almodóvar Adapts Alice Munro With Some Success in ‘Julieta’

Pedro Almodóvar Adapts Alice Munro With Some Success in ‘Julieta’

Pedro Almodóvar once more places a fractured mother/daughter relationship at the centre of his work in ‘Julieta’, his adaptation of an Alice Munro story.

The Funny Vignettes in ‘Wild Tales’ Are Rooted in Anger, Frustration, and Misery

The Funny Vignettes in ‘Wild Tales’ Are Rooted in Anger, Frustration, and Misery

The Argentinian anthology film Wild Tales is proof that the most compelling artists, in this case director Damián Szifron, channel their rage into their work.
A Dark Rapture: The Rise of Punk in Spain

A Dark Rapture: The Rise of Punk in Spain

Spanish punkers came swinging harder than ever, screaming not for the sake of inducing change, but screaming for the sake of screaming – because now they could.

Cuarón, Almodóvar, and Cassavetes Saved from the Curse of Blockbuster

Cuarón, Almodóvar, and Cassavetes Saved from the Curse of Blockbuster

Due to the time when Blockbuster refused to stock unrated or NC-17 films, many viewers in the States missed out on essential films from directors like Alfonso Cuarón and Pedro Almodóvar.
‘Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!’: Pornography and Love in the Eye of the Beholder

‘Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!’: Pornography and Love in the Eye of the Beholder

Almodóvar's shocking, NC-17 film makes us realize that pornography and love are only in the eye of the beholder.
Pedro Almodóvar Considers if ‘I’m So Excited’ Is His Most Political Film

Pedro Almodóvar Considers if ‘I’m So Excited’ Is His Most Political Film

In this interview with Pedro Almodóvar about his comedy, I’m So Excited, he considers how its political message is received by different audiences.