3. Almodóvar and Hitchcock

A Sorcerer's Apprenticeship

  1. Marvin D'Lugo and
  2. Kathleen M. Vernon
  1. Dona Kercher

Published Online: 21 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch3

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

How to Cite

Kercher, D. (2013) Almodóvar and Hitchcock, in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (eds M. D'Lugo and K. M. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch3

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195829

Online ISBN: 9781118325360



  • Almodóvar;
  • Entre tinieblas;
  • Hitchcock;
  • Laberinto de pasiones;
  • Lamb to the Slaughter;
  • Spellbound


Much has been written about the impact of Hollywood classics on Almodóvar's corpus of works. Hitchcock was Almodóvar's primary textbook and industrial model. Even after the global success of Mujeres al borde established him as a major filmmaker, Almodóvar continued to study and learn from Hitchcock's films. Hitchcock's films are not an obvious referent, even in parody. The inspiration of Hitchcock's films, especially of Spellbound, however, is pervasive in Laberinto's plot elements and leitmotifs. The final scene of Laberinto de pasiones strongly alludes to Hitchcock. Hitchcock's most well-known stories from the television series is “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” namely “Lamb to the Slaughter,” which Hitchcock directed in 1957. While aspects associated with the creation of “suspense” do not go unnoticed, Almodóvar's work shows a far deeper appreciation of Hitchcock's cinematography and construction of narrative.