Who Influenced Pedro Almodovar

Wondering who influenced Pedro Almodovar? This famous Spanish filmmaker has stirred up controversy all over Europe with his provocative films. For a classic example of a Pedro Almodovar movie, check out Volver, a film about Spanish culture as it it relates to death, family ties and family obligations. The protagonists in this film wrestle with superstition and obligations as they figure out who they are and what they believe.

Almodovar is quite forthcoming about how many filmmakers have influenced his work. Over the years, Almodovar has acknowledged the following influences:

  • Filmmaker Edgar Neville: Almodovar often says he owes much of his cinematic pizzazz to Edgar Neville, a famous Spanish filmmaker who is globally acclaimed.
  • Filmmaker Brian De Palma: Brian De Palma led the way in examining his own sexual identity and personal quirks through film, inspiring Almodovar to explore the relationship between reality and artifice.
  • Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock: Alfred Hitchcock's influence can be seen in the stylistic techniques used in Almodovar's films, especially in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He was especially inspired by the shots and techniques used in Hitchcock's Vertigo.
  • Filmmaker John Waters: Almodovar credits the flavor of sexuality presented in his films to inspiration garnered from John Waters movies that featured similar themes.
  • Pop Artist Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol's pop art influenced Almodovar's cinematic style. He delighted in working in kitschy pop-culture references that come across as glossy while addressing serious, weighty issues. The two contradictory elements work for Almodovar; somehow his ridiculous style makes the emotional depth of the characters all the more accessible.
  • Filmmaker Luis Bunuel: While Almodovar's movies can be said to differ greatly from Bunuel's, there are several notable parallels. Both men produce films that confront Catholicism through a sexual lens and defy classification, melding several genres. Both men also created a unique type of urban comedy that reflects similar views of Spanish heritage and culture.
  • Filmmaker William Klein: In his book, Almodovar on Almodovar, the director says that Klein's movie, Who Are You, Polly Magoo, a film about a fashion model who becomes the subject of a mock documentary, served as a template for his films. In this film, the model's shallow character is ridiculed, yet honored in a kitschy commentary on pop culture.
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