The representation of feminity and transgendered characters in films of Pedro Almodóvar

Barrett, Louisa (2012) The representation of feminity and transgendered characters in films of Pedro Almodóvar. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Pedro Almodóvar’s early films during the 1970s clearly represent the Madrid movida movement celebrating the freedom of expression which was restrained during the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). The freedom of expression in Almodóvar’s films very often is expressed through sex, gender and sexuality. His use of transgendered characters (especially male to female) covers many areas of alternative sexualities. Their performance of femininity, questions what is classed as masculine and what is feminine. This thesis will look at the representation of femininity by the male-female transgendered characters in Almodóvar’s films; High Heels (Tacones lejanos, 1991), and All About my Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre, 1999). In addition, the position where transgendered characters are placed within the narrative and how they affect the plot of the film will also be explored. Also, there will be a section looking into comparing and contrasting between the two films. Almodóvar uses his transgendered characters in his films in order to express the free flow of gender and identity by either positioning them as supportive roles to the biological female protagonists and/or a tool of comic relief. With doing this they break the social norms and boundaries of sexuality created by society, in order to celebrate and liberate the idea that it is down to the individual and their choice of how they want to be perceived to the outside world. Theories by Judith Butler were discussed alongside Queer Theory, gender, clothes and costumes with identity, notions of camp humour, “genderfucking”, and bi-sexed identities. These theories will be discussed to see how Almodóvar represents alternative Spanish identities within his films.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 15:26
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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