Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

11 Episodes

Deliriously melodramatic, riotously funny, and profoundly empathetic, the films of Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar form a boldly colorful universe unto themselves, one in which camp excess, larger-than-life women, and transgressive desire are celebrated with audacious exuberance. Emerging during the post-Franco artistic flowering of 1980s Spain, Almodóvar burst onto the international scene with the feminist black comedy WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. He went on to achieve worldwide fame with a run of critically acclaimed art-house hits, including the Sirkian Oscar winner ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, the outré romance TALK TO HER, and the dazzling mother-daughter melodrama VOLVER. Starring frequent collaborators like Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Carmen Maura, these vibrantly iconoclastic works showcase Almodóvar’s unique ability to blend the lurid and outrageous with genuine human feeling.

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Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
  • Pedro Almodóvar Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Pedro Almodóvar Interview

    Episode 2

    In this interview recorded in 1985, Pedro Almodóvar discusses his childhood, his love for cinema, Madrid’s Movida movement and its impact on his films, and his early career.

  • Matador
    1:46:22
    Episode 3

    Matador

    Episode 3

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 1986 • Spain
    Starring Nacho Martínez, Antonio Banderas, Assumpta Serna

    Once-great Spanish matador Diego (Nacho Martínez) has been retired from the ring by a gruesome gore wound. Diego is idolized by Ángel (Antonio Banderas), who seeks out Diego’s assistance in pr...

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Episode 4

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 1988 • Spain
    Starring Carmen Maura, Fernando Guillén, Antonio Banderas

    Melding melodrama with screwball farce, this Academy Award–nominated black comedy was Pedro Almodóvar’s international breakthrough and secured his place at the vanguard of modern Spanish cinem...

  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    Episode 5

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 1990 • Spain

    Pedro Almodóvar’s colorful and controversial tribute to the pleasures and perils of Stockholm syndrome, TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! is a rambunctious dark comedy starring Antonio Banderas as an unbalanced but alluring ex-mental-patient and Victoria Abril ...

  • The Flower of My Secret

    Episode 6

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 1995 • Spain
    Starring Marisa Paredes, Juan Echenove, Carme Elias

    Writing under the pseudonym Amanda Gris for years, Leo (Marisa Paredes) is a best-selling author of romantic fiction. Leo has grown tired of producing popular fiction, however, as her heart yearns t...

  • All About My Mother

    Episode 7

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 1999 • Spain
    Starring Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes

    Winner of the 2000 Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Pedro Almodóvar's ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER stars Cecilia Roth as Manuela, who sees her only son die on his seventeenth birthday as he run...

  • Talk To Her

    Episode 8

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 2002 • Spain
    Starring Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti

    After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, young nurse Benigno (Javier Cámara) and older travel writer Marco (Darío Grandinetti), meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Marco is there to care for ...

  • Bad Education

    Episode 9

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 2004 • Spain
    Starring Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez

    In Pedro Almodóvar’s BAD EDUCATION, two boys, Ignacio and Enrique, discover love, cinema, and fear in a Franco-era religious school in the early 1960s. In 1980 Madrid, young director Enrique Goded (Fele Mart...

  • Volver
    2:00:51
    Episode 10

    Volver

    Episode 10

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 2006 • Spain
    Starring Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Yohana Cobo

    Pedro Almodóvar’s VOLVER is set in Madrid’s lively working-class neighborhoods, where three generations of women survive wind, fire, and even death, thanks to goodness, audacity, and a limitless vital...

  • The Skin I Live In

    Episode 11

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 2011 • Spain
    Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya

    Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is a driven plastic surgeon haunted by personal tragedies. After many years of trial and error, he finally perfects a new skin—a shield that could have prevented the death o...