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On the 5th of February, Mr Sumner, Mr Brown and three 6.2 Hispanists led a talk on the works of the acclaimed Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer, Pedro Almodóvar. 

 

Mr Sumner began the talk by providing some context to Almodóvar's work; he discussed Almodóvar's youth in the small rural town of Almagro in Ciudad Real, a province of Castile-La Mancha in Spain. There, Almodóvar spent most of his younger years surrounded by women as men went off to work in the fields and cities, since Spain was still a very patriarchal society in the 1950s and 1960s; this was to influence Almodóvar's career, as his films tend to revolve around female characters. Mr Sumner went on to point out the influence La Movida Madrileña (the Madrilenian Movement), a cultural renaissance that followed the death of dictator Francisco Franco, on Almodóvar and his works, which are largely characterized by bright, bold colours (see photo) and moments of absurdity or extravagant humor. 

 

Mr Brown and members of the 6.2 then went on to talk in depth about two of Almodóvar's most celebrated films: 'Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios'  (a black comedy-drama released in 1988) and a film on the A-level course named 'Volver' (released in 2006) respectively. A 30-strong audience of 6th Form Hispanists were treated to the analysis of clips from these films and were given a greater in-sight into the style and key themes in Almodóvar's films.  


Report by Oliver Donaldson, F Social 6.1

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