Carmen Maura is a giant of Spanish cinema, a woman who has won numerous international awards for her work. Once the celebrated host of a Spanish television show, El Noche, and cabaret artist, Carmen Maura’s star as a queen of cinema rose with that of Pedro Almodóvar.
Maura began her film career in 1970, turning in great performances in films such as The Man in Hiding (1970); Fernando Colomo’s Paper Tigers (1977); and Carlos Saura’s 1978 film Blindfolded Eyes. The actress appeared in Almodóvar’s very first film, Pepi, Luci, Bom, in 1980. Their collaboration lasted through seven films, including What Have I Done to Deserve This? and Dark Habits, both made in 1984, and The Law of Desire (1986). In the process, Maura showed the range of her abilities, as she portrayed the unusual characters that Almodóvar favors, such as a lesbian nun and a transsexual actress involved in a love triangle with her brother, played by Antonio Banderas. The two worked again in an Almodóvar vehicle that… read more