13 Films That Inspired Pedro Almodóvar to Push Boundaries

If you're looking to diversify your movie collection, you might want to check out this list of director Pedro Almodóvar's favorites.

It's clear that Pedro Almodóvar— who has helmed Oscar-winning films like All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and most recently, Cannes premiere Julieta—​has made a career out of pushing boundaries. His work has been considered controversial, courageous, and masterfully made.

That's why it might be especially beneficial to check out the list he compiled for BFI of 13 Spanish films that he says inspired him the most in his work. Check it out below!

  • Main Street (Calle Mayor): dir. J.A. Bardem, 1956
  • It Happened in Broad Daylight (El cebo): dir. Ladislao Wajda, 1958
  • The Executioner (El verdugo): dir: Luis García Berlanga, 1963
  • Aunt Tula (La tía Tula): dir: Miguel Picazo 1964
  • Strange Voyage (El extraño viaje): dir. Fernando Fernán Gómez, 1964
  • Peppermint Frappé: dir. Carlos Saura, 1967
  • Poachers (Furtivos): dir. José L Borau, 1975
  • Rapture (Arrebato): dir. Iván Zulueta, 1979
  • El sur: dir. Víctor Erice, 1983
  • Jamón, Jamón: dir. Bigas Luna, 1992
  • Thesis (Tésis): dir. Alejandro Amenábar, 1996
  • Blancanieves: dir.  Pablo Berger, 2012
  • Magical Girl: dir. Carlos Vermut, 2014
'Tesis' (1996)

Now, don't feel bad if you haven't seen any of these films. (And if you have, it was probably Tésis. Am I right?)

What you'll learn if you read what Almodóvar admires about each one of these films is that they often:

  1. Depict underrepresented cultures and communities
  2. Reflect his own personal obsessions and interests, namely subjects that relate to the carnal side of humanity
  3. Mix genres and embrace complex plots

It's certainly clear that these films helped Almodóvar explore his own divergent sensibilities and interests, as well as push him as a storyteller to be fearless about complexity when it comes to narrative.

Be sure to check out the Spanish director's full BFI article to learn more about the films he selected.     

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I've seen all, seeing as I'm Spanish that isn't very surprising. Don't sell yourselves short, you guys got followers overseas too! Good article btw. Recommend everyone to watch these films, especially "Calle Mayor"; a classic over here.

June 23, 2016 at 7:46AM

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June 23, 2016 at 8:37AM, Edited June 23, 8:38AM


Magical Girl is modern masterpiece. Catch it if you get a chance, you won't regret it.

June 23, 2016 at 12:17PM

Álex Montoya

I am sorry to say this list he made is just an interested praise of spanish films. Nothing new in 2014 Magical Girl.

June 27, 2016 at 6:51AM