The recycling of filth: transcultural discourses in the films of Pedro Almodóvar and John Waters

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dc.contributor Rodeño, Ignacio
dc.contributor Janiga-Perkins, Constance
dc.contributor Cipria, Alicia
dc.contributor Baquero-Pecino, Álvaro
dc.contributor Butler, Jeremy
dc.contributor.advisor Rodeño, Ignacio Drummond, Brett Jessie
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa 2017-03-01T16:47:19Z 2017-03-01T16:47:19Z 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001233
dc.identifier.other Drummond_alatus_0004D_11508
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract Analyzing the influence of American filmmaker John Waters on the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and revealing the impact that Almodóvar had on Waters' career reveal a transcultural discourse that exists between these two auteurs. Postmodernism and queer theory provide the most salient theoretical frameworks which explain the vast array of interdependent allusions both directors create when borrowing materials from one another and from a shared pool of filmic works. The application of these two theorems to their films supports the hypothesis that Almodóvar's and Waters' movies mirror one another because of both directors' tendency to allude to similar themes, characters, and other works of cinema to include productions created by one another. Findings from the careful scrutiny of the sources of their shared allusions prove that the parallels that connect their cinema are not coincidental. Instead, this study explicates the deliberate borrowing and reutilization of works that take place between both directors. The most logical conclusion based on the compelling evidence manifested in their works is that Almodóvar and Waters establish a mutual, postmodern, and queer dialog that transcends the cultural differences inherit in their productions. While other critical studies have come to the same conclusion that the works of Almodóvar and Waters share a strikingly similar trajectory, no other investigation thoroughly explains this phenomenon on a case-by-case basis to include the plethora of allusions upon which both directors draw when they reference canonical works both within and outside the sphere of classical Hollywood's influence. In addition to providing the necessary background information required to comprehend the myriad of references that result from Almodóvar and Waters relying upon the implicit meanings of the other directors' works, this analysis specifically traces each allusion Almodóvar makes to Waters and vice versa. The results of the analyses of this study make it clear that despite the cultural differences manifested by filmic artifacts that hail from other cultures, Almodóvar and Waters deliberately plant a carefully constructed system of allusions that inextricably join their own works together. The overriding objective of this dissertation is to extrapolate each allusion and to explain fully its source, meaning, and how it connects movies by both directors. This investigation's detailed analytical approach applied to their extant full-feature length productions clearly establishes a postmodern, queer, and transcultural discourse that unites their works. en_US
dc.format.extent 358 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated. en_US
dc.subject Language
dc.subject Film studies
dc.title The recycling of filth: transcultural discourses in the films of Pedro Almodóvar and John Waters en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Modern Languages and Classics Spanish The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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