Studio Canal’s Magnificent Pedro Almodovar Collection Gives New Audiences The Chance To Experience His Early Work
In September, Studio Canal released a marvellous box set featuring six films from acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar’s early work including his most famous early-career movie: Women On The Edge Of A Nervous Breakdown. Top 10 Films had the chance to take a look at the entire box set and has been running reviews over the last few weeks.
The brand new boxset of six newly restored films from one of Spain’s most celebrated and truly original filmmakers, Pedro Almodóvar, features What Have I Done To Deserve This, Dark Habits, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Kika and Flower of my Secret. Complete with brand new interviews and extras material, the collection wass released on DVD and Blu-Ray versions September 19 and can be bought from Amazon.co.uk here. Restoration of the sound and image for all six films was done from the original negatives and supervised by Pedro’s younger brother and long time producing partner Agustín Almodóvar.
The films in the collection were early indicators that the director would become one of the most consistently exciting and internationally renowned filmmakers in the world. Already having gained huge success in Spain, Almodóvar’s breakout success was Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown, which gained him international recognition. During his career, he has won one Academy Award, four BAFTAs, six European Film Awards and two Golden Globes.
BFI Southbank hosted a two-month Pedro Almodóvar season from between August and October this year with special onstage appearances from Almodóvar, actor Rossy de Palma and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, with more guests to be announced in due course. Also running alongside the Almodóvar season was In Almodóvar’s words…, a series of 13 of Almodóvar’s favourite Spanish films selected and screened at the BFI Southbank.
The most celebrated Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel, Almodóvar was born in Calzada de Calatrava, La Mancha, in 1951. Aged sixteen, Almodóvar moved to Madrid and purchased his first movie camera and became familiar with what would later drive his formative films: the dramas and miseries of the Spanish middle classes at the beginning of the age of consumerism. As well as sealing the collaborations that Almodóvar had made with the actors he met from his days in an independent theatre group (including Carmen Maura), the films from this period also display his acute visual style and recurring thematic obsessions including sexual violence, female masochism and addiction. It was this epoch that also bought the first of numerous Academy Award® nominations for Women on the Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown. Kika (1993) and The Flower of My Secret (1995) continue the director’s fascination with strong female protagonists, transgression, pain and regeneration.
Discover more in our reviews:
Pedro Almodovar’s “What Have I Done To Deserve This” Is A Fascinating Portrait Of Surviving Domesticity