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Speaker: Álvaro Molina

Title: Mortal Dangers

Subtitle: Picturing Desire in Cervantes and Almodóvar

Conference: 56th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (April 8-10, 2010)

Session: Cervantes II: Cervantes and the Visual Arts

Place: Venice, Italy

Date: April 10, 2010

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Spanish History | Representations: Films / Carne trémula


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Abstract: »This paper continues a previous analysis of Cervantine and quixotic motifs in the films of Pedro Almodóvar, with particular attention to the topic of rape or sexual violence. In Ruth Rendell’s novel Live Flesh and Almodóvar’s film adaptation Carne trémula (1997), we find a set of interlocking love triangles (Sancho-Clara-David and David-Helena-Victor) that shows striking similarities to two of Cervantes’s most famous short stories, El curioso impertinente and El celoso extremeño. Both Cervantes and Almodóvar are keenly aware of the mortal dangers that lie waiting behind romantic attachments, especially when they involve passionate encounters with a cheating spouse. In particular I pay attention to a visual image present in both Cervantes and Almodóvar, the figure of Danae in Titian’s painting, Danae and the Shower of Gold. This reference to classical antiquity and its depiction in the Renaissance has been recently studied by Frederick de Armas in relation to Cervantes, but it can also shed light on a comparative analysis of the film.« (Source: Renaissance Society of America website)

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