Total Design | Almodóvar’s Law of Desire & Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

by MUBI

Color is rarely naturalistic or subdued in the films of Pedro Almodóvar. It announces itself, moves the given elements around and plays with them. Set design, costume, and lighting are tightly intermeshed in his style. The overall visual design of an Almodóvar film does not aim to be subtle or invisible, but it is definitely aims to be total—to take hold of every parameter of mise en scène and performance, every significant object and move in the plot.

Directed by

Pedro Almodóvar

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