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The film director's vision liberated Spanish culture from the Franco era

Serious subjects treated lightly: melodrama taken seriously: Pedro Almodovar (centre) and Adriana Ugarte on the set of Julieta ©PATHE/20TH CENTURY

Pedro Almodóvar’s childhood plays out like a scene from one of his films. A little boy, sent away from his village in La Mancha to be educated by salacious priests, takes refuge in the cinema at the end of the street. The setting is Extremadura, in Spain’s arid heartland,…

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