11/15/2011 04:00 pm ET Updated Jan 20, 2012

Pedro Almodovar Expresses His 'Ideals Of Beauty' In Video Short (VIDEO)

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has a complex relationship with beauty. For much of his life he's been surrounded in one way or another by beautiful women, from his mother to Penelope Cruz, and in the video he goes deeper into what beauty means to him.

The acclaimed director and writer has made films including Bad Education, Volver and most recently The Skin I Live In; he's known for challenging narratives that toy with identity, whether that be national, familial or sexual.

From his glossed-up aesthetic to stunning list of leading ladies, Almodovar manages to bring out beauty wherever his films lead.

Hear Almodovar speak upon the influence of Pop Art, his matriarchal upbringing and the difference between surface beauty and filmic beauty.

He also identifies which woman in all of history is his 'ideal of beauty.' The answer may surprise you:

Pedro Almodóvar: Under His Skin on