Spanish Film

This course is a survey of Spanish peninsular film from the end of the Spanish dictatorship (1975) to the present. It examines the creative cinematic product in a nation that was experiencing cultural freedom for the first time since the beginning of the 20th century. The course aims to introduce students to the cinematic work of a number of Spanish film artists and to develop a more detailed and creative reception of each film. Students will examine the different genres and styles of Spanish cinema by applying critical and creative analysis of the movies presented in class, while focusing on composition and oral proficiency. The course challenges students to draw meaningful parallels between movies and the society from which they emerge. Topics to be discussed may include the struggle to create a national and free cinematic language, the “Movida,” and recent trends in Spanish cinema. This course is taught in Spanish.