From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Pedro Almodóvar Caballero (born September 24, 1951, in Calzada de Calatrava, Spain) is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer. He is the most successful and internationally known Spanish filmmaker of his generation. Almodóvar’s films enjoy a worldwide following and he has become a major figure on the stage of world cinema.
His films, marked by complex narratives, employ the codes of melodrama and use elements of pop culture, popular songs, irreverent humor, strong colors and glossy décor. Almodóvar never judges his characters actions, whatever they do, but he presents them as they are in all their complexity. Desire, passion, family and identity are the director's favorite themes. The success of his movies has brought awareness to the cause of equal rights.