director, known for his mastery of blending melodrama
, comedy, and intelligent social commentary. Getting his start in The Seventies
, 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 Antonio Banderas
, All About My Mother
, and Volver
all have great reputations outside of Spain—possibly more than inside it