Bien pagá
Popular song in the films of Pedro Almodóvar
in Screening songs in Hispanic and Lusophone cinema
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Pedro Almodóvar's use of music has been duly noted as an essential element of his filmic vision since his films were first analysed in the early 1980s. This chapter focuses on the use of popular song in Almodóvar's films. The use of music in Almodóvar's early films represents a nexus between the director's undeniable affection and nostalgia for the popular culture of the Francoist Spain of his childhood and adolescence, and the camp/kitsch attitude developed within the gay/punk underground, which became la movida. Almodóvar chose the version of exiled Republican Miguel Molina rather than that of some folclórico (folk singer) within the Spain of Franco in keeping with the director's postmodern punk ethos. The opening strains of Miguel Molina singing 'La Bien pagá' can be heard in the background during their 'lovemaking' but the film quickly cuts to an odd image.

Editors: Lisa Shaw and Rob Stone


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