Pedro Almodovar: Rebelling against the world with color

  Pedro Almodovar’s films have a very stylized narrative level and a high degree of artistic control. The magnificent image style reveals a candid and documentary lens language. His androgynous personality has given him the characteristics of androgyny in his films, thus forming a unique artistic charm.
  In September 2020, at the 77th Venice International Film Festival, in addition to the “A Place of Nowhere” directed by Zhao Ting, who won the Golden Lion Award, the largest work was the Spanish film master Pedro. Almodovar’s new film “The Voice of Man”.
  Pedro Almodóvar is the most influential and iconic figure in the Spanish film industry. His works are also controversial due to the postmodern aesthetics, exaggerated and joking stories and eye-catching themes. Almodovar was deeply influenced by pop culture and American film noir, coupled with unconstrained imagination and extreme expressions, made him stand out in the industry.
  Sad “chameleon” behind
  Almodovar was born in Spain, a man named Carl Zeda town, where respect for the concept of male superiority: men do not have to do anything, women need to be responsible for all things large and small, which makes him At a young age, he was full of admiration for “all-powerful women”, and had doubts and disappointments about the real world and religious values.
  His uneducated father made a living selling wine, but he repeatedly lost money due to poor management. The mother squeezed food and clothing for Almodovar to study, hoping that he could one day become a pastor. This was the best way out for children from poor families at that time. When he was a child, Almodovar attended the church school of Saint Francis and participated in the choir. The poor education system made him distressed, and the violations of hypocritical priests made him completely lose his faith in religion. The scorn of the ruling class and hypocritical religion, as well as the care for the marginal and poor people, constituted his deep childhood memory and provided material for future creation.
  Because of his special sexual orientation, Almodovar was given a strange look by the town residents. But he did not sink into this, and the movies at that time gave him the greatest comfort. He started watching movies when he was 10 years old. He likes Douglas Seck, Billy Wild and Hitchcock’s Hollywood expressions. He also loves European avant-garde directors like Bunuel, the screen goddess Marilyn Monroe and Nata. Li Wood’s smile touched his heart.
  In the 1960s and 1970s, the Franco dictatorship came to an end. Pop culture and rock music cultivated a strong artistic atmosphere in Spain. The 16-year-old Almodovar resolutely gave up the opportunity to enter the convent university. After a fierce argument with his parents, he went to Madrid alone to try to find a chance to learn to make movies.
  However, film schools were closed by the government at that time, and he had to rely on selling trinkets at the flea market to support himself. Immediately afterwards, he found a formal job in the telephone company. During the day, he was a diligent clerk. At night, he kept his long hair and became the leader of underground art activities. Almodovar saved money to buy a Super 8 camera and took a lot of works about middle-class life. He never accepts any promotion, which surprised his colleagues at the telecom company. In his spare time, he creates novels and comics for publications, organizes amateur theater troupes to perform, and allows the self-taught book theory knowledge to germinate.
  Subsequently, Almodovar, a representative of the “new trend” art, brought bold-scale “The Legend of the Heroine” and “The Labyrinth of Passion”, which made a sensation in the film industry. He jokingly criticized the decadent moral rules, praised the friendship between people, vented his long-repressed desires, and received extraordinary responses. Available at the shooting “Sex and the law”, he did not apply for bank loans, lack of support of official institutions, trying to be clever crew let him come to understand human well-being, he had to put down face to friends
  to borrow money.
  But he was not defeated because of this. Instead, he chose to establish a production company called “Unlimited Desire” with his younger brother Agustin. At the Berlin Film Festival, he attracted the attention of international distributors and opened the door to the American market for him. The energetic Almodovar ushered in the golden age of displaying his talents and making great efforts.
  Almodovar knows how to integrate many seemingly dog-blood elements into the plot, refract the light and shade of human nature with absurd methods, and interpret the vulgar tragedies and comedies of the world. At the same time, the distinctive personal color symbols, exaggerated character emotions and pioneering interior architectural design, coupled with the combination of singing, dancing, drama, and Spanish bullfighting, build his unique aesthetic style.
  Heroin in the 1980s almost ruined an entire generation. Almodovar did not indulge in the corruption of addicts, but focused all his energy on depicting all kinds of characters. He has absorbed infinite nutrients from his surroundings, especially his control over the emotions of minority figures, which enabled him to counterattack from niche artists who challenge social values ​​and become a mainstream film director in the world.
  In the village where Almodovar grew up, women could only wear black clothes, which led to his extreme desire for color. Influenced by Andy Warhol, Picasso, Dali, as well as the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Arab and Spanish regional arts, Almodovar, a perfectionist and control freak, has a keen sense of beauty. He also Often serves as the art director of his own films. The heroine Adriana Ugart in “Julietta” once said that the director will personally supervise and decide all the details, and even a keychain that only appears twice and no one notices will be personally selected.
  Eat Drink Man Woman between good and evil
  rigorous and demanding removal of the gorgeous visual elements, grew up in shaping the character of the community college Almodovar time. The characters in his play seem humble and flattering, but they have the purest expectation of life; they seem to be noble, but they cannot give up the attachment to the old days. Their behavior is absurd, but not marginal, because in real life, human nature is always between good and evil, and their every move contrasts with the audience’s deep subconscious desires that cannot be satisfied.
  The androgynous thinking mode allows Almodovar to accurately grasp the characteristics of men and women. In “Speaking to Her”, the male protagonist Nenino described women like this: “Women’s heads are very mysterious, you must be patient with them, talk to them carefully, and occasionally touch them, remembering that they exist and that they Live.” His film shows the care for women everywhere, and their delicate and sensitive are shining brightly under his description.
  ”Women can provide me with comedy material, and men can only let me write tragedies.” The men in Almodovar’s films have a strong desire for control, which makes them more likely to be in the quagmire and unable to extricate themselves. Nenino in “Tell Her” spent 4 years taking care of the unconscious ballet dancer Alyssa, enjoying the conversation with the soul of her sleeping lover; Richie in “Tie Me, Tie Me” It is an orphan abandoned by his parents who show love to his beloved actress by kidnapping; the surgeon in “The Skin of My Living” cannot bear the death of his daughter and uses cosmetic surgery to recreate his wife, but in exchange for loveless betrayal. Love drives people crazy, Almodovar magnifies the enthusiasm of men’s inner world being suppressed, and the audience will inevitably be touched by their persistence when they are out of curiosity.
  In “Bad Education” regarded by Almodovar as his best script, the first love boy and the greedy blackmailer, the noble priest and the insidious room-entry, the young and promising director and the power controller, seem to be the opposite The image of the character can be neutralized in the same character. Behind the devastating conflict is the purity at the beginning of the birth of mankind and the loss induced by desire and fame. Life is impermanent, so are people, and simple motives are often contained in complex appearances.