Spain in Cinema: Local and Global Perspectives

Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spain in Cinema: Local and Global Perspectives

  • Host University

    Universidad Pompeu Fabra

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course description:

    The course approaches Spanish national cinema as well as transnational/foreign productions related, in a variety of ways, to Spanish culture. The goal is to show how both local and global films shape diverse visions of Spanish history, art and society while constructing inspiring dialogues with above mentioned areas of art/knowledge. Various interactions between cinema and canonic works of Spanish culture (Don Quixote, Don Juan, the paintings of Picasso) are contrasted and the relationship between films and Spanish history (Civil War, Columbus’s travels, Spanish transition) is examined. The diversity within Spanish society, representations of the current economic crisis, effects of globalization on both local cinema and real life are studied through the works of young authors (Lacuesta, Vermut). All filmic examples are also used to analyze the concept of Spanish identity and stereotypes related to Hispanic culture.

    Learning objectives:

    • Distinguish between the variety of cinematographic perspectives on Spain, their local and transnational aspects, both present and past.
    • Interpret film in aesthetic, socio-political and historical contexts. Identify the elements which define cinema as an artistic expression
    • Identify how cinematographic art interacts with other artistic and scientific areas in a transdisciplinary framework, using examples related to Spanish cinema and culture
    • Analyse different aspects of Spanish national cinema and place it within the context of global cinematography.
    • Apply transcultural and transdisciplinary approaches to the topics related to Spain and its cinema.

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.