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Iconic [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Spanish]] director, known for his mastery of blending {{melodrama}}, comedy, and intelligent social commentary. Getting his start in TheSeventies, shortly after the death of Francisco Franco led to a massive opening and blossoming of modern Spanish culture, with film, music, and other arts being given an opportunity to experiment after four decades of repression. There were subcultures flying everywhere--while most had existed even in Franco's time, they were no longer forced to be underground. Almodovar--himself gay, a community that did not have a nice time under Franco's conservative regime--turns to this, and its relationship with what came before, for material.

His style has gotten him attention abroad--one of the first postwar Spanish directors to do so. ''Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown'', ''Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!'' (Spanish: ¡Átame!) - the film that had Hollywood racing to sign up Creator/{{Antonio Banderas}}, ''All About My Mother'', and ''Film/{{Volver}}'' all have great reputations outside of Spain--possibly [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff more than inside it]].

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! Filmography:
* ''Matador'' (1986)
* ''Law of Desire'' (1987)
* ''Film/WomenOnTheVergeOfANervousBreakdown'' (1988)
* ''Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!'' (1989)
* ''High Heels'' (1991)
* ''Kika'' (1993)
* ''La Flor de Mi Secreto'' (1995)
* ''Carne trémula'' (1997)
* ''Film/AllAboutMyMother'' (1999)
* ''Film/TalkToHer'' (2002)
* ''Film/BadEducation'' (2004)
* ''Film/{{Volver}}'' (2006)
* ''Broken Embraces'' (2009)
* ''Film/LaPielQueHabito'' (2011)
* ''I'm So Excited!'' (2013)
* ''Julieta'' (2016)

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