Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar

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This text examines the work of Pedro Almodovar, the Spanish director whose nine features to date include the comedy, 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' (1988), the S & M melodrama, 'Tie me up! Tie me down!' (1990) and the family romance, 'High Heels' (1991). This study argues not only that Almodovar is a highly skilled manipulator of cinematic form, but also that his films raise important questions - of gender, nationality and sexuality - which demand a serious response from their audience. 'Desire Unlimited' offers analyses derived from recent feminist, gay and postmodern theory.

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Finely observed, compelling. --Publishers Weekly

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Paul Julian Smith is a professor at the City University of New York. His previous books include 'Vision Machines: Cinema, Literature and Sexuality in Spain and Cuba, 1983-1993' and 'The Moderns: Time, Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Culture.'

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