June 27, 2013
Caitlin Sanders, NPR
FILMMAKER PEDRO ALMODOVAR GUEST DJS NPR MUSIC'S 'ALT.LATINO'
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW AND PLAYLIST NOW AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC
Almodovar's films capture the explosion of culture that followed the regime of Francisco Franco, and are equally recognized for their bold storylines and the music that defines them. He tells Alt.Latino how he avoided the censors of Franco in the 1970s to make his first movies, which featured men dressed in drag. Now internationally recognized, Almodovar continues to produce bold characters and plots. I'm so Excited, which he describes on Alt.Latino as his "'gayest film ever," tells the comic love story of panicking airplane passengers who are served drinks spiked with mescaline.
As this week's guest DJ, Almodovar shares what he looks for when putting together a soundtrack and plays some of the music that inspires him. The personal set list includes the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited," Estrella Morente's "Volver," La Lupe's "Puro Teatro" and more. The entire playlist can be heard at NPR Music, here.
Alt.Latino hosts musicians and cultural figures from across the Latin world to share their favorite music and artists on the show. Past guest DJs have included Puerto Rican duo Calle 13, entertainer John Leguizamo and actor Gael García Bernal. Alt.Latino is NPR Music's web-based program dedicated to Latin Alternative music and rock in Spanish. Through the show's blog and weekly podcasts, hosts Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras explore the ever-evolving world of Latin Alternative music, examine the genre's role in American and Latin culture and connect listeners with influential Latin singers, athletes, actors and more.