Spain and Its Cinema: A Different Mode of Representation|
Spring 2007 not offered
In this course we will study some of the most important Spanish movies from the 1950s to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on such key directors as Bunuel, Saura, Erice or Almodovar. In some instances we will study a film in its entirety; in others, we will focus on segments or scenes from different movies, always with the intention of understanding how Spanish modes of representing reality through cinema differ from Hollywood's. Theoretical readings will be assigned in order to provide students the conceptual tools necessary to analyze cinematic texts.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FILM-MN)(RMST)
A package with theoretical readings will include texts by Noel Burch, Santos Zunzunegui, Jenaro Talens, Paul Julian Smith, Linda Willem, Sanchez Biosca, Roman-Gubern, Perez Perucha, etc.
Some movies will be seen in its entirety:
Luis Bunuel, EL ANGEL EXTERMINADOR
Victor Erice, EL ESPIRITU DE LA COLMENA
Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, SONAMBULOS
Pedro Almodovar, TODO SOBRE MI MADRE
And also a number of scenes from different directors will be shown in class:
Carlos Saura, Garcia Berlanga, Marco Ferreri, Fernando Trueba, Santiago Segura, Vicente Aranda, Alex de la Iglesia, La Cuadrilla, Julio Medem, etc.
|Examination and Assignments: |
The students will write a short essay (response paper) after each class (13). In these essays, students are expected to provide a thorough understanding of the ideas developed through the reading and discussion of both the theoretical texts and the movies or short scenes shown in class. As a final project, the students are expected to write a long essay relating most of the material under a new creative light. Attendance, preparation for class, and participation constitute a fundamental basis of evaluation. Students will be expected to lead class discussions occasionally. In anticipation of this assignment, they will be asked to submit to the instructor discussion questions and a summary of the day's reading.
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