One of the most prolific and influential auteurs at work over the past forty years, Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar has beguiled audiences worldwide with his thrilling dissertations on desire, passion and identity. Cast an eye over his long list of productions and you are confronted with intoxicating tales of psychological melodrama, black comedy, familial feud and violent lust. Each week group members will watch a film at home (Films are available on both library DVDs and streaming) and read Almodóvar’s texts on that film, which offers unique inside access behind-the-scenes as the director guides us through his journey and offers a fascinating insight into the creative process behind his oeuvre. The study group will then meet to discuss the readings and analyze the director’s art style, the meanings of the film, and the music. Films: Labyrinth of Passion; Matador; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; Flower of My Secret; All About My Mother; Talk to Her; Volver; Broken Embraces; The Skin I Live In; I’m So Excited; Julieta and Pain and Glory. Required Book: The Pedro Almodóvar Archives by Pedro Almodóvar, Paul Duncan (Taschen, 2017). Use of Canvas is required.