Spanish film director, Pedro Almodóvar’s twenty most iconic films are currently on display atMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) through December 17th. The retrospective exhibit will display Almodóvar’s groundbreaking cinematic work. Over his lifetime, Almodóvar has established himself as one of the most distinctive filmmakers, making political statements and movements through cinema. Releasing his first full length film in the 1980’s,Almodóvar has become greatly recognized for his films that have questioned and re-worked culture. Beginning in Spain, Almodóvar’s work reflected the sexual and political freedom following the death of the Spanish dictator, Fransico Franco. His cinematography during that time was a huge force in re-shaping a new Spanish culture. Shortly after Almodóvar gained a following, he launched a production company, El Deseo with his brother Agustín Almodóvar. Almodóvar is honored for his tradition of casting strong, singular female roles and his themes that incorporate fluid gender identities, transgression, gay culture, desire, and identity.
Almodóvar’s directive work includes Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980), Labyrinth of Passion (1982), Dark Habits (1983), Matador (1986), Law of Desire (1987), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990), High Heels (1991), Kika (1993), The Flower of My Secret (1995), Live Flesh (1997), All About My Mother (1999), Talk to Her (2002), Bad Education (2004), Volver (2006), Broken Embraces (2009), The Skin I Live In (2011), and I’m So Excited (2013). In addition Almodóvar has a number of early short films that laid the groundwork for his success. His films have featured actors such as Cecilia Roth, Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Suárez, Paz Vega, and Antonio Banderas.
The exhibition finishes off with Almodóvar’s release of his latest film, Julieta (2016) starring Penélope Cruz. Julieta will make it’s national release to theaters on December 21st. The drama, Julieta is the 20th feature for Almodóvar’s and is apart of his self-proclaimed “cinema of women,” where Almodóvar writes for strong and deep-rooted female protagonists. Almodóvar’s career is far from over, yet the director, writer and producer has been nominated for numerous international awards and has won multiple Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards, among others.