Contemporary Spanish Cinema

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Spanish Cinema

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    OBJECTIVES
    Keeping visiting students in mind, this Course spans a wide range of cultural perspectives, thus
    taking it beyond the limits of the cinematic and the historical strictly speaking. Movies are perceived as
    audiovisual works, approachable as texts, as the artistic expression of an author and, at the same time,
    determined by circumstances involving their social, historical, linguistic, and literary contextualization.

    METHODOLOGY
    Given the amount of accumulated pedagogical experience that exists with regard to this kind of subject
    matter, as well as keeping in mind the specific needs of students, the aim of the class sessions is to
    ensure the fruitful interaction of the theoretical and practical dimensions of the study process, while
    also potentializing the exploration of those aspects of the Spanish language to which, in terms of
    comprehension and expression, the filmography being studied draws attention.
    PRACTICAL SYLLABUS
    3. An anthology of significant sequences from key movies and from the work of prominent
    directors.
    4. Full-length Movies. The commentary and critical appreciation of the thematic and stylistic
    features of the following titles: Sevillanas, by Saura, El otro lado de la cama, by Martínez Lázaro,
    Belle epoque, by Trueba, La lengua de las mariposas, by Cuerda, La niña de tus ojos, by Trueba,
    Los años bárbaros, by Colomo, ¡Bienvenido Mister Marshall!, by García Berlanga, Los desafíos, by
    Erice, Guerín and Egea, Los nuevos españoles, by Bodegas, Ana y los lobos, by Saura, Tristana, by
    Buñuel, Carmen, by Saura, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, by Almodóvar, and Tesis, by
    Amenábar.

    THEORETICAL SYLLABUS
    5. Spain: Social and Political Contexts (from the Republic to the Civil War). Their Impingement upon
    Movie-making. Postwar Cinema. Raza, General Franco’s Vision. The “No-Do” Newsreels and
    their Ideological Basis. Censorship.
    6. Franco-ite Policy and Spanish Cinema. A Muzzled Movie Industry. Literary Genres as Models for
    Movies. From a Thwarted Neo-realism to Social Realism. The Cinema of Bardem and Berlanga.
    7. The “New Spanish Cinema”. New Directors and Producers. Critical Trends in Postwar Cinema.
    Auteur Movies: Buñuel and Saura. Popular Genres. The Influence of Spanish Literature on
    National Cinema.
    8. Spanish Cinema and the Era of Democracy. A Congress in which to Debate Spanish Cinema. The
    Socialist Party’s Policy for Spain’s Movie Industry. Themes and Styles in Present-day Spanish
    Movies. The Case of Almodóvar. Spain’s Movie-Industry and the European Union.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.