Carmen García Maura (September 15, 1945, in Madrid, Spain) is a Spanish actress. In a career that has spanned several decades, Maura is best known for her collaborations with noted Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar.
Maura's immediate family are conservative lawyers but they are part of the influential and aristocratic Maura dynasty, whose members frequently combine theatre and political high office. Her great great uncle was Antonio Maura (prime minister of Spain on five occasions and noted playwright), and three of her great uncles were Spanish cabinet ministers. Other relatives include a duke, a marquise, various minor nobles, a film director, and several writers.
Maura studied philosphy and literature at the École de Beaux-Arts in Paris. From 1964 to 1970, she was married to a lawyer, Francisco Forteza, with whom she has two children, Carmen and Pablo.
Maura began her career as a cabaret singer. Maura's film career was launched in 1970 with an appearance in the film The Man in...
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spanish: Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios) is a 1988 Spanish comedy film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas. The film that brought Almodóvar to widespread attention in the English-speaking world, it was nominated for the 1989 Academy Award for Best Foreign-language film, and won five Goya Awards including Best Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Maura."Soy Infeliz," a melodramatic heartbreak song plays over the opening credits, representing Pepa's state at the start of the story. She is sad.TV actress Pepa Marcos (Carmen Maura) lives in a penthouse apartment with cages of chickens, bunnies, and other animals that she's collected, like Noah. Her boyfriend Ivan (Fernando Guillén) has just left her and so she is in a depression and taking sleeping pills. Both she and Ivan work as voice-over actors who dub foreign films; the same voice he uses to sweet talk her (and all his women)...
Law of Desire or La ley del deseo (in original Spanish) is a 1987 film by Pedro Almodóvar. Considered to be Almodóvar's first explicitly gay film, it focuses on a complex love triangle between three men. It follows the more serious tone set by his film Matador, exploring the ways in which society represses an individual's true desires with tragic consequences. The movies is currently rated NC-17 in the USA.
Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela) is a homosexual film director whose latest work has just been released. In a party after the premiere he meets Antonio (Antonio Banderas), a beautiful young man who is obsessed with him. At the end of the evening they go home together and Antonio experiences anal sex for the first time, but while Pablo considers that happening just a lusty episode and is still in love with his long-time lover Juan, the young man misunderstands his intentions and reveals his possessive behaviour as a lover.
Parallel to this is told the dramatic story of Pablo's...,
¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (English: What Have I Done To Deserve This?) is a 1984 film by Pedro Almodóvar. The title is sometimes given with an exclamation mark at the end rather than a question mark.Almodóvar has described his fourth film as a homage to Italian Neorealism, although this tribute also involves jokes about paedophilia, prostitution, and a telekenetic child. The film, set in the towerblocks around Madrid, depicts female frustration and family breakdown, echoing Jean-Luc Godard's Two or Three Things I Know About Her but with Almodóvar's unique approach to filmmaking. Carmen Maura has often worked for Almodóvar, she became a synonym of strong woman and also a gay icon for her role as a transsexual in La ley del deseo.The film is a slice of a housewife's life in 80's Madrid. Gloria (Carmen Maura) lives in a small and cheap apartment with husband and two children: the declared homosexual Miguel (12) and the cocaine pusher Toni (14). Her husband, Antonio, is a...
Dark Habits (Spanish: Entre tinieblas) is a black comedy from director Pedro Almodóvar.
It is set in a convent where nuns are sadomasochistic lesbians that push and take drugs, write erotic novels, raise a tiger in the back garden, and idolize the greatest sinners of history.
Academy Award winner Pedro Almodóvar's irreverent and biting comedy focuses on Yolanda (Cristina S. Pascual), a nightclub singer and junkie. When her boyfriend accidentally dies from a drug overdose, she decides it is better to hide out than face the cops who are looking for her. She winds up at a convent that specializes in saving women from the street. However, this is not your average group of nuns... the off-beat sisters include a heroin using abbess who is in love with Yolanda, a soft-core romance novelist and another who is raising tigers in the convent yard. When the nuns face the possibility of their convent closing, they throw a final and extravagant party starring Yolanda to try to persuade their...,
Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, often known generally as Pepi, Luci, Bom (English: Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap, also Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom) is a 1980 film written and directed by the Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.
It was Almodóvar's first commercial film, for which he wrote the initial script in 1978, when he worked for Telefónica as an administrative employee and rewrote it again when he commenced shooting. The film, inspired by the punk film Bom (Alaska), is about three girls, Pepi, Luci and Bom who live in Madrid during the punk era.After being raped by a policeman, Pepi vows revenge, persuading her friends to beat him up. However they mistakenly attack the policeman's twin brother and so Pepi tries again, persuading his masochistic wife, Luci, to leave him for teenager punk singer Bom, from Bom y Toni Group. The three of them explore the Madrid youth scene, attending parties, clubs, concerts and meeting outrageous characters. Luci...
Carmen Maura was born in Madrid, Spain