Spain and Its Cinema: A Different Mode of Representation|
Spring 2011 not offered
COL 242, IBST 308|
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 Bu˝uel, 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 to provide students the conceptual tools necessary to analyze cinematic texts.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
This course focuses on the INTERPRETATION of films as a means to understand Spanish cinema. Students are encourage to articulate their own analysis of the movies to further strengthen their interpretive skills. With that goal in mind, theoretical readings provide the analytical tools for a critical engagement with the film narratives studied. Since the course also reflects critically on Spanish cinema and Hollywood cinema, such comparative analysis offers the opportunity to develop a solid INTERCULTURAL LITERACY foundation.
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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.
|Examinations 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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