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Course Registration

The Films of Pedro Almodóvar: A Director Before, On the Verge of, and After a Nervous Breakdown

Fall 2019
In Session
9 AM - 12 PM
September 23, 30, October 7, 14, and 21, 2019


Main Campus



Pedro Almodóvar is now one of the world’s most highly regarded international directors. This course uses Women on the Verge (1998), his international breakthrough film, as the fulcrum to examine the before and after of his film making. The class will examine Women on the Verge and four other representative films from across the arc of the director’s career: What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984), All About My Mother (1999), Talk to Her (2002), and Volver (2006), and will refer to the other films the Spanish director has made. The analysis of these films will enable participants to gain a sense of the constants that power Almodóvar’s vision and the elements in his body of work that change over time. 

NEW Partnership with Hacienda at the Canyon

We are excited to announce that this course will be the first one held at the new Hacienda at the Canyon senior living community on the Northeast side of Tucson (3900 N Sabino Canyon Rd). This course represents an exciting new partnership between the Humanities Seminars Program and Watermark Retirement Communities.

Registration Opens Online: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)

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Required Reading: 

  • No textbook is required. All readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically. 
  • Films will be accessible via online streaming and public screenings of the films will be available for those interested. (Screening details to be determined).

Meet Your Professor

Professor and Program Director
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Humanities Seminars Program

MALCOLM ALAN COMPITELLO is Professor of Spanish and Director of the Humanities Seminars Program. He has authored four books and numerous essays on Hispanic literatures and cultures, especially written and visual forms of narration. He is the Executive Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies and serves on the editorial boards of a number of publications in the area of Hispanic Studies.

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