The Pedro Almodóvar Archives

Ultimo volume della serie “Archives” della Taschen: dopo Kubrick e Bergman è il turno di Almodovar

The Pedro Almodóvar Archives
Paul Duncan
Hardcover + film strip of ‘Volver’, 41.1 x 30 cm (16.2 x 11.8 in.), 410 pages
€ 150.00
ISBN: 978-3-8365-3452-9
Edition: Italian
Availability: 10/2011

The Man from La Mancha

An in-depth exploration of Almodóvar’s complete œuvre

Un film de Almodóvar: whether appearing in his stylish opening credits or on the suggestive poster that invariably accompanies each of his films, this announcement triggers a range of expectations. Sexy and subversive, colorful and controversial, passionate and provocative, Pedro Almodóvar’s world is unlike any other director’s. Thanks to his remarkably cohesive and consistent œuvre, the Manchegan maverick has become a reliable brand, his name a byword for the visual opulence, experimentation and eroticism of post-Franco Spanish cinema.

Almodóvar found fame with self-penned, gender-bending plots depicting the often comic misfortunes of junkies, nuns, housewives, whores, transvestites and transsexuals. Praised by critics, championed by fellow film-makers, adored by actors and adorned with international awards, he is the most successful Spanish film-maker since Luis Buñuel, with films such as Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and Volver.

A self-taught auteur, Almodóvar draws on influences as diverse as Douglas Sirk, Frank Tashlin, Andy Warhol and John Waters. His feature films borrow liberally from, and frequently invert, traditional genres of classic American cinema—including film noir, melodrama and screwball comedy. Yet they remain unmistakably Iberian, rooted predominantly in the director’s beloved Madrid, exploring Spanish myths and modernity to the rhythms of bolero-laden soundtracks. Most recently, the enfant terrible of the 1980s arthouse scene has matured into the Academy Award-winning director of All About My Mother, a film universally acknowledged for its emotional resonance, sophistication and craftsmanship. Almodóvar’s distinctive, once marginalized world has finally entered the mainstream.

For this unprecedented monograph, Pedro Almodóvar has given TASCHEN complete access to his archives, including never-before-published images, such as personal photos he took during filming. In addition to writing captions for the photos, Almodóvar invited prominent Spanish authors to write introductions to each of his films, and selected many of his own texts to accompany this visual odyssey through his complete works.

Over 600 images, including many previously unpublished.
Includes images from his new film, The Skin I Live In (2011), which will be released worldwide at the same time as the book.
Introduction to the book by Thierry Frémaux, General Manager of the Cannes Film Festival.
Book includes a film strip from Volver (2006), taken from Almodóvar’s archive.

The editor:
Paul Duncan has edited 50 film books for TASCHEN, including the award-winning The Ingmar Bergman Archives, and authored Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series.

Il prossimo dovrebbe essere The Nando Cicero Archives, a quanto leggo… no scherzo (ma va?), però sono scesi leggermente di livello stavolta…

Più che altro queste operazioni secondo me andrebbero fatte su registi non più attivi o ancora meglio scomparsi e storicizzati, quindi non mi spiego la scelta di Almodovar se non come scelta “mainstream” per vendere di più… perché non fare invece un volume su Billy Wilder ad esempio, invece di riproporre da anni nuove edizioni del volumone singolo su “Some like it hot” con l’aggiunta del dvd che ormai hanno tutti… peraltro ora è uscito anche il bluray!
Io mi auguro di vedere “Archives” su John Huston, Howard Hawks, Hitchcock o Truffaut

Cmq Nando Cicero rientrerebbe appieno nella categoria di cui sopra… :smiley: