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Viva Pedro: The Life & Times of Pedro Almodóvar (2007)

Video  -  Documentary | Short  -  30 January 2007 (USA)
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18 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent overview for those who are not familiar with Almodovar and a helpful guide even for those who are.

The genius that is Almodovar is expressed in this film with interviews from his family, co-workers, and Almodovar experts.

One of the interesting things is the way he is always looking for ideas in things that he reads or sees on the news. He may start working on something, but he will not move past a certain point until things are just right. It may mean shelving a film for 10 years or more, like Bad Education, until he can find the right actor.

Almodovar's films are not autobiographical, but the express things that he considers important like child abuse and strong women.

Things that may seem absurd or surreal to most are just the way life is if you look closely. He puts the audience to the test to find these things.

The one thing that is consistent with Almodovar is his strong writing ability. His editor says that his films are probably the least edited films he has worked on because the script is done so well.

While many directors may have a period that stands out in their body of work, Almodovar has a body of work that spans decades and is superior from start to finish.


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