“Almodóvar In/And Latin America”
lecture by Paul Julian Smith (CUNY Graduate School)
Monday, October 28, 5 pm
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons, Clark University campus, Worcester
From his 1980s films (“Matador,” “Law of Desire,” and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”) to his recent films (“The Skin I Live In” and “I’m So Excited”) Pedro Almodóvar has infused world transgressive, Camp vision that has deep, moving and occasionally tragic insights.
What does this post-Franco Spanish director have to say specifically to Latin America and how has he been received there?
Paul Julian Smith is one of the foremost scholars in Hispanic cultural studies, particularly known for his work on Spanish and Mexican film. A professor at Cambridge University from 1991-2010, he was elected to the British Academy in 2008 and was appointed Distinguished Professor at the CUNY Graduate School in 2010. His many books include “Writing in the Margin” (Oxford, 1988), “The Moderns: Time, Space, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Culture” (Oxford, 2000), “Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar” (Verso, 1994 and 2000), “Contemporary Spanish Culture: TV, Fashion, Art, and Film” (Polity, 2003), Spanish Visual Culture: Cinema, Television, Internet (Manchester, 2007), and Spanish Practices: Literature, Cinema, Television (Oxford: Legenda, 2012).