7. Memory, Politics, and the Post-Transition in Almodóvarós Cinema

  1. Marvin D'Lugo and
  2. Kathleen M. Vernon
  1. Juan Carlos Ibáñez

Published Online: 21 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch7

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

How to Cite

Ibáñez, J. C. (2013) Memory, Politics, and the Post-Transition in Almodóvarós Cinema, in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (eds M. D'Lugo and K. M. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch7

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:

  • Almodovar's Cinema;
  • historical memory;
  • loss of innocence;
  • politics;
  • postmodern ethics;
  • Spanish transition

Summary

In this chapter, the author analyzes the construction of political discourse in Almodóvar's cinema in a context far removed from that of the early 1980s. The problem with the line of interpretation of the film is that it derives from the figure of Franco as the origin of the social conflicts and cultural specters affecting contemporary Spain; the persistence of the myth or shadow of the dictator over present-day decentralized Spain of the autonomous communities; and/or the vision of the transition to democracy as an experience of collective amnesia and the erasure of memory. What this chapter proposes instead is an approach more closely tied to historical and social reality and thus to the conditions of the emergence in Spain of a “postmodern ethics,” the expression of a “loss of innocence,” and the shattering of the illusions created during the promising era of the 1980s.