All About Almodóvar: Interviews, Observation and Analysis
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A lecture by Professor Maria M. Delgado (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London). Professor Delgado’s paper will examine thirteen years of collaborations with Pedro Almodóvar. With the collaboration from the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London.
In this paper, thirteen years of collaborations with Pedro Almodóvar will be examined. The ways in which a direct engagement with those who ‘make’ culture can assist in understanding how that culture is constructed and consumed will be explored. Exploring the interview as a methodology, Professor Delgado hopes to delineate how it opens up different perspectives on a piece of work, providing ways of highlighting process and craftsmanship, dismantling and dissecting some of the modes of constructing a piece of creative practice, unpicking the contributions of those who shape the directorial brand, and probing what is legible to different audiences. As much a contemplation of modes of seeing and ways of working, this paper also offers reflections on Almodóvar’s own commentaries on his work and how they provide a unique window into his filmmaking. Professor Delgado will conclude with a brief discussion of his most recent film, Dolor y Gloria, informed both by her conversations with him and her observations on set as he shot the film in 2018.
Maria M Delgado is an academic, critic and curator. Professor and Director of Research at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has published widely in the area of Spanish-language theatre and film, including Federico García Lorca (Routledge, 2008), ‘Other’ Spanish Theatres (Manchester University Press, 2003, revised and expanded Spanish-language edition published by Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2017), and ten co-edited volumes, including Contemporary European Theatre Directors (Routledge, 2010), A History of the Theatre in Spain (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Spanish Cinema 1973-2010: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape and Memory (Manchester University Press, 2013), and A Companion to Latin-American Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017). Her film work includes over 20 years as a programme adviser on Spanish and Spanish-American cinema to the London Film Festival, and curatorial/programming work for the Ciné Lumière, ICA and BFI Southbank.
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