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All About Almodóvar’s Men


Juan Rey

Pedro Almodóvar is an internationally acclaimed Spanish director. The national and international fascination over Almodóvar’s cinema lies in his ability to reflect the problems of contemporary society, his lucidity in combining the urban and the rural, his ability to express the frustrations of modern man, as well as his freshness and spontaneity. Although the vast majority of studies on this Spanish director have focused on women and the gay world, his films are crowded with many types and archetypes of heterosexual men. This groundbreaking edited volume studies the men in the cinema of Almodóvar from a broad yet comprehensive and complementary perspective. Each chapter of All About Almodóvar’s Men methodically dissects these male characters—their misery and their greatness, their frustrations and their desires—offering a kaleidoscopic view of man that goes beyond the narrow framework in which many studies have locked the rich cinema of Almodóvar.

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8. The Violent Man: Aggressiveness as a Masculine Quality (Manuel Garrido-Lora)


8. The Violent Man: Aggressiveness as a Masculine Quality

Manuel Garrido-Lora

University of Seville

Researchers and critics around the world have analyzed the representation of men and women in film discourse, often under the premise of its sexist and discriminatory nature. The momentum of these works has coincided with the conquest of legal equality between genders, although this varies significantly from one country to another. Research on the filmography of Pedro Almodóvar has focused on the representation of women in his films, neglecting the secondary but not negligible role of man. This is especially striking if one considers that violence is one of the key themes in the filmmaking of Almodóvar. While violence is a distinctive quality of many of his male characters, it is more unusual in the women who dwell in the Almodovarian universe.

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