11. Domesticating Violence in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar

  1. Marvin D'Lugo and
  2. Kathleen M. Vernon
  1. Noelia Saenz

Published Online: 21 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch11

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

How to Cite

Saenz, N. (2013) Domesticating Violence in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar, in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (eds M. D'Lugo and K. M. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195829

Online ISBN: 9781118325360

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Keywords:

  • domestic violence;
  • films;
  • gendered violence;
  • Pedro Almodóvar;
  • sexual abuse;
  • Spanish cinema

Summary

This chapter explores in detail the dynamics of the significant shift in the portrayal of gendered violence in Almodóvar's films. While most scholars tend to split along two contrasting lines of argument surrounding the issue of violent representation in these films, as either negative and misogynist or as a tool for understanding desire and sexual pleasure, this chapter revisits Smith's call to understand and situate Almodóvar's films within the Spanish cultural context. Re-reading his cinema in the light of the mobilization of anti-gender violence activism within Spain since the late 1990s, which is concerned with eradicating the larger social patterns of domestic and sexual abuse, it calls for a re-grounding of representations of gendered violence in Almodóvar's canon.