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Films of Pedro Almodovar

This five-week class explores the celebrated work of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, as part of the one-credit auteur series of courses exploring race, class, gender and sexuality in the Melodrama genre. This auteur series seeks to investigate how the Melodrama – a film genre typically associated with Classic Hollywood – has historically and contemporarily been utilized to simultaneously reinforce and subvert hegemonic ideals in the filmic construction of identity, the individual and society. In this course, Almodovar’s films will be used to understand how the Melodrama as a genre enables a cinema that contests and disrupts hegemonic constructs of identity. Almodovar’s films have consistently utilized the Melodrama genre to expose and contest patriarchy, homophobia and heternormativity in post-Franco Spain. Films looked at may include the following: “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, “Bad Education”, “Broken Embraces”, “High Heels”, “All About My Mother” and “Volver.”

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  • Format: Online
  • Section: A
  • Course Number: CRN 7063 - NFLM 0382 A
Feb 25 - Apr 07
Spring 2019
CRN 7063
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