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Jackson Ball selects his five essential films of Pedro Almódovar...
Whether you are a massive fan, or just mildly aware of European cinema, you will probably recognise the name Pedro. In the past thirty years, he's not just become one of the most influential filmmakers in his native Spain, but indeed the entire continent. Known for pushing boundaries, his movies often deal with challenging topics like sexuality and gender roles. These thought-provoking themes are weaved into complex narrative structures, and given a splash of pop culture for good measure.
From his humble beginnings rebelling against the Franco regime, to the international acclaim he's received since; he has compiled a complex and accomplished back-catalogue of films. Still making films well into his sixties, Almódovar shows no sign of slowing down in his advancing years. Here is just a selection of my favourites...
5. La Piel que Habito/The Skin I Live In »
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Almodóvar box office in the early 21st century: The airplaine-set comedy I'm so Excited boasts Almodóvar's biggest opening-weekend, but Volver remains his biggest worldwide hit. I'm So Excited, the Pedro Almodóvar comedy starring Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, and cameos by several top Spanish cinema celebrities, was behind only the Sam Raimi / James Franco fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful at the Spanish box office this past weekend (March 8 - 10). For comparison's sake, you'll find below the Spanish and worldwide grosses of Almodóvar's feature films that have been released so far in the 21st century, according to numbers found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above are fey flight attendants Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, and Carlos Areces in Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited.) In March 2013, I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros debuted with $2.5 million at 298 venues. In September 2011, The Skin I Live In / La piel que habito, »
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