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    • Pedro Almodovar [on his experience in the Catholic boarding school he lived in as a young man and on which Mala educación, La (2004) is based]: The education we received was about guilt, sin, punishment.

    • Pedro Almodovar: My first ambition was to be a writer. I have always been very interested in writing. But it seems to me that I have more capacity for telling a story with images. It seems I have more talent for filmaking than for writing a novel, which is my dream. I have always found it easy to let my imagination go. You do not just need imagination for filmaking, you also need a lot of passion. When I discovered filmaking as a way of telling stories, I felt that I had found something that was in my nature. I am glad that I had this ambition to be a novelist because it has helped me in filmaking.

    • Pedro Almodovar: In the last decade you can count the number of Hollywood dramas that have revolved around women. The studios have forgotten that women are fascinating.

    • Pedro Almodovar: All my movies have an autobiographical dimension, but that is indirectly, through the personages. In fact, I am behind everything that happens and that is said, but I am never talking about myself in first person singular. Something in me--probably a dislike of cheap exhibitionism--stops me from approaching a project too autobiographically.

    • Pedro Almodovar: I do remember having extreme physical fear of the priests. One of the things we had to do was kiss the priest's hand, which I found revolting. The notorious abuser, who eventually had to leave, had this harem of about 20 boys.

    • Pedro Almodovar: I don't get involved with my actors. I don't get so involved with the films... If I lived like my characters, I would have been dead before I made 16 films.

    • Pedro Almodovar: Already when I was very young, I was a fabulador. I loved to give my own version of stories that everybody already knew. When I got out of a movie with my sisters, I retold them the whole story. In general they liked my version better than the one they had seen.

    • Pedro Almodovar: Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.