Pedro Almodovar

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Arguably the most popular and important filmmaker to have emerged from Spain, director Pedro Almodovar forged a reputation as a sexual agent provocateur capable of eliciting both serious praise and unbridled revulsion ... Read more »
Born: 09/23/1949 in Calzada de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, ES

Filmography

Director (30)

I'm So Excited 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Skin I Live In 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Broken Embraces 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Volver 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

(wraparounds) (Director)

Bad Education 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Talk to Her 2002 (Movie)

Creator(of Silent B&W Short "The Shrinking Lover") (Director)

All About My Mother 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Live Flesh 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Flower of My Secret 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Kika 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

High Heels 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Labyrinth of Passion 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Dark Habits 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Matador 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Law of Desire 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

What Have I Done to Deserve This? 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Trayler para Amantes de lo Prohibido 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Folle, Folle, Folleme, Tim 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Salome 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Complementos 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Sexo Va 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

El Estrella 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

El Sueno 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Homenaje 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

La Caida de Sodoma 1973 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (20)

I'm So Excited 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Skin I Live In 2011 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Broken Embraces 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Volver 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bad Education 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Talk to Her 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

All About My Mother 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Live Flesh 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Flower of My Secret 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kika 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High Heels 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Labyrinth of Passion 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dark Habits 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Matador 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Law of Desire 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What Have I Done to Deserve This? 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Folle, Folle, Folleme, Tim 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (9)

Relatos salvajes 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Zama 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Have a House 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Headless Woman 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Summer of the Boyita 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Holy Girl 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Life Without Me 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Devil's Backbone 2001 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Mutant Action 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (5)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Coração Vagabundo 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Labyrinth of Passion 1990 (Movie)

Performer (Actor)
Music (4)

High Heels 1991 (Movie)

Spanish text in song("Un Ano de Amor") (Song)

Dark Habits 1988 (Movie)

("Suck It to Me") (Song)

Law of Desire 1987 (Movie)

songs("Voy a ser mama" "Susan Get Down") (Song)

Law of Desire 1987 (Movie)

(Music)
Art Department (1)

Labyrinth of Passion 1990 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Biography

Arguably the most popular and important filmmaker to have emerged from Spain, director Pedro Almodovar forged a reputation as a sexual agent provocateur capable of eliciting both serious praise and unbridled revulsion. Reveling in the former and railing against the latter, Almodovar remained faithful to his native Spain for the entirety of his career in order to assure he could make the films he wanted. Having earned his first substantial notice for the low-budget "Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom" (1980), he thrived on making outlandish and provocative films throughout the decade, culminating in his first international success, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988). Almodovar went from celebrated Spanish filmmaker to notorious purveyor of sexually explicit material with "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" (1990) and "Kika" (1993), both of which spurred the ire of the puritanical Motion Picture Association of America, which slapped near-pornographic ratings on the films - an action that sparked outrage from the director. Nonetheless, Almodovar would triumph with "Live Flesh" (1998), "All About My Mother" (1999) and "Talk To Her" (2002), three dark and poignant films that marked a substantial evolution in his filmmaking maturity. Because of this, Almodovar - with a little help from his self-proclaimed cinematic muse, Penelope Cruz, by his side - entered the 21st century as a highly refined filmmaker, capable of earning the respect and adulation of international audiences while staying true to his native country.

Relationships

Agustin Almodovar

Brother
Had cameo in "Women On The Verge" (1988) heads his brothers' production company, El Deseo S.A.

Antonio Almodóvar

Father
Was a bookkeeper for a local gas station in Extremadura also hauled wine by donkey from Andalusia died in 1980

Francisca Caballero

Mother
Appeared in "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988) and "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" (1990) died in September 1999

EDUCATION

Attended a religious boarding school in the city of Cáceres, Extremadura

Milestones

2011

Reteamed with Banderas in the drama thriller "La piel que habito" ("The Skin I Live In")

2009

Reteamed with Cruz for "Broken Embraces"

2006

Directed Penélope Cruz in her Oscar nominated role in "Volver"; first film with Carmen Maura in almost 20 years

2004

Directed "Bad Education," a richly baroque tale of child sexual abuse; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Foreign Film

2002

Wrote and directed the romantic comedy "Talk To Her"

1999

Directed Penélope Cruz in "All About My Mother," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival

1997

First and only script adapted from a book, "Live Flesh"; first film with Penélope Cruz who played a small role

1995

Began departing from his typically comedic story lines for "The Flowers of My Secret"

1993

Helmed the controversial film "Kika"; also cast his mother Francisca Caballero in a cameo role

1991

Appeared in the documentary charting Madonna's world tour, "Truth of Dare"

1991

Directed the family melodrama "High Heels"

1990

Fifth collaboration with Banderas, "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"

1988

First huge international success, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"; fourth film with Banderas and fifth with Maura; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film

1987

Directed the controversial feature "Law of Desire," starring Banderas; first film produced under El Deseo

1985

Formed production company El Deseo with brother Agustin

1984

First international hit, "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"

1983

Attracted attention outside of Spain with his third film "Dark Habits"

1982

Composed and performed the score for the film "Labyrinth of Passions"; also directed and first film with Antonio Banderas

1980

Made his first feature film "Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap"; first feature with Maura

1978

Made his first 16mm short "Salome," starring Carmen Maura

1978

Made first feature-length film (in super-8) "Folle, folle, fólleme, Tim"

1974

Began making short films with overtly sexual narratives and no soundtrack, such as "Dos putas, o, Historia de amor que termina en boda/ Two Whores, or, A Love Story that Ends in Marriage" (1974) and "La estrella/The Star" (1977)

1967

Moved to Madrid with the goal of becoming a film director

1962

Won a prize at the age of 10 for an essay about the Immaculate Conception

Joined the vanguard theatrical group Los Goliardos, where he met Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas

Wrote comic strips and articles for the underground Spanish publications Star, Vibora and Vibraciones

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources listed 1951 as the year of Almodóvar's birth.

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"It's something magical. To me it has become an obsession that sort of parallels a great love story. When you start a love story, you're moved by something very concrete. Perhaps a physical attraction. And then with time you discover the reasons why you are with that person. And a great love story begins to happen as the years pass. As if you have a disease that finally ends up consuming you entirely. Film has become something like that for me. At first it was a love story with a very immediate pleasure. And it has become something much more painful as time passes, but also something much more complete. Something I couldn't live without. I wonder where that need to make films and to narrate stories comes from. I don't know. Perhaps it is a fight against death, a fight against all the limitations we face." – Almodóvar quoted in The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 1990

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"I want [the characters] to live in a universe that belongs only to them, as if they were alone in the world, and where pain becomes the only protagonist in their life. It's not that I have any sympathy for murderers. But in my films, when one of my characters kills, as a writer I try to understand and explain it. And from that moment forward you're taking guilt away. And my characters – as I do – feel a natural antipathy towards authority and the police. So my characters end up winning." – Almodóvar to the New York Post, Dec. 17, 1991

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"He is a very courageous, brave man. He doesn't have any kind of fear when he is behind the camera. There is no self-censorship. Almodóvar has always been afraid of Hollywood's control. But I think finally he has found some people and studios that will take a risk with him. I don't see Pedro Almodóvar directing somebody else's scripts or somebody else's ideas. It must be something that comes from his heart." – Antonio Banderas quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Feb. 19, 1998

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"I would like to work with him [Banderas], but I don't know if that's possible – he's become too expensive for me." – Almodóvar to New York magazine, Jan. 19, 1998

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"My first films coincided with a moment of absolute, vital explosion in the city. Madrid in the beginning of the 1980s was probably the most joyful, the most fun, the most permissive city in the world. It was really the rebirth of the city after such a horrible period as the Franco regime. If there was something characteristic about Madrid, about the culture of Madrid that I belonged to, it was the night life. That was my university, and the university for many others."Young people now are very preoccupied with the market, which is natural. But I remember in the early 80s, everything we did we did for pleasure, because we liked to, for the joy of doing it. Now people are not doing that, and it is a pity. Because when you are starting out, that is when you need to do exactly what you want, with no responsibility." – Almodóvar quoted in The New York Times, Jan. 18, 1998

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"In the early days I didn't know how to make a movie, but the stories were funny and the people were alive. That's what counted." – Almodóvar quoted in Empire magazine, September 2009

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