The History of Spanish Cinema
Fall 2017 not offered
SPAN 301, FILM 301, COL 334
This course explores the development of Spanish cinema from the early 20th century to the present. We will evaluate how social, political, and economic circumstances condition Spanish cinematography at key junctures of Spanish cultural history in terms of the production and distribution of films, cinematographic style, and thematics. The course will also highlight key facets of the Spanish star system as well as the auteurism of those directors who have achieved international acclaim by reworking a national film idiom within international frames of reference.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FILM-MN)(FILM)(FRST-MN)
Video clips of other films accessible through the course web site via Quicktime for written exercises and for student in-class presentations
Daily readings are required from either the texts or the course packet.
|Examinations and Assignments:
Weekly response papers and critical analyses;
A comprehensive final term paper (10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Attendance is required at a weekly screening of a featured full-length production: MONDAY NIGHTS, 8PM until approximately 10PM.
Films by leading directors as: Florián Rey, Luis Buñuel, Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar, Isabel Coixet and others.
Students wishing to receive credit toward the major in HISP, IBST or SPAN will be assigned supplemental readings in Spanish. They will participate in and occasionally coordinate student-run discussion groups in Spanish during the Thursday class sessions, and they will write their papers in Spanish.
There are no prerequisites for this course and prior knowledge of film analysis is not expected. Basic tools of film analysis will be introduced and developed throughout the semester. While some students may initially be more familiar than others with this field, others may have more familiarity with the history and social context of Spain. All students will have greater understanding of each of these areas by the end of the semester.
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