22. To the Health of The Author

Art Direction in Los abrazos rotos

  1. Marvin D'Lugo and
  2. Kathleen M. Vernon
  1. John D. Sanderson

Published Online: 21 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch22

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

How to Cite

Sanderson, J. D. (2013) To the Health of The Author, in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (eds M. D'Lugo and K. M. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch22

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195829

Online ISBN: 9781118325360



  • Almodóvar;
  • art direction;
  • authorship;
  • film;
  • hospitals;
  • Los abrazos rotos


Taking Los abrazos rotos as its starting point, this chapter makes use of the thematic recurrence of hospitals and hospital settings in Almodóvar's most recent films in order to analyze the specific contribution of the art department. The chapter goes into greater detail about this process in the section devoted to hospitals. It focuses more specifically on the various hospital installations used and the demands made of Gomez as art director and production designer, especially in the five medical locations of Los abrazos rotos, which had so many different subtextual nuances to transmit.