Pedro Almodóvar

Cinémathèque Française

During an early round of what has become an ongoing series of marathon conversations with French film critic Frédéric Strauss, Pedro Almodóvar remarked, in passing, “Someday, I’ll manage to make an exhibition of all the objects from my films and all the formal ideas they’ve generated.” Nearly fifteen years later, the objects, the films, and the filmmaker himself have become the subject of “¡Almodóvar Exhibition!” cocurated by Strauss and fellow film critic Matthieu Orléan, head of temporary exhibits at the Cinémathèque Française—not so much an exhibition in the artistic sense as a display or disclosure of the director’s world, where, by his own admission, his life and his films are inseparable.

And if Almodóvar’s films themselves—sixteen features in twenty-six years—can be described, individually and collectively, as a “collage” (his word), not only of images and sounds, but of

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