Syllabus

Syllabus at a Glance

1: 27 Jan (Mon)

Introduction (PowerPoint in Moodle)

Luis Buñuel: Auteurism, Exile and the Emergence of a National Cinematography (1930-1960)

2: 29 Jan (Wed)

Films

Readings

Other resources

3: 3 Feb (Mon)

Feature film

  • Luis Buñuel, Los olvidados (The Young and the Damned, 1950; 77 min)

Readings

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Luis Buñuel’s Los olvidados on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

4: 5 Feb (Wed)

Film excerpts

Readings

Other resources

Preparation for class

  • Be prepared to contribute to a discussion of the following questions:
    • What values did the Spain-based regime-oriented film directors of the 1940s promote?
    • How did Buñuel resist or counter those values?
    • What sorts of ideologies might you attribute to these different approaches? How do you understand “ideology” and how do you think it works in a movie?
  • Review the clips from Los olvidados included on the “Film resources” page and be prepared to explain why you find this particular clip representative of Buñuel’s approach
  • Review the various shots included on this page and be prepared to comment on them

5: 10 Feb (Mon)

Feature film

  • Luis Buñuel, Viridiana (1961; 90 min; Warning: Sexual violence – 01:24:00)

Readings

Other resources

  • The History of Cutting – The Soviet Theory of Montage: Building on the works of D.W. Griffith and the development of “continuity editing” in early film history, Soviet silent filmmakers would pioneer new innovative ideas about editing that moved film from an extension of theater into a mature and powerful artistic medium.  Montage theory was very influential in the 1950s and 60s, when such film artists as Alfred Hitchcock and the French new wave (nouvelle vague) directors refined and developed montage further. Where might we see the echoes of this technique in Buñuel’s Viridiana?
  • A supplementary page with images from Viridiana

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

6: 12 Feb (Wed)

Feature film

  • Luis Buñuel, El ángel exterminador (Exterminating Angel, 1962; 95 min)

Assignment

  • Review 1 (submit via Moodle according to instructions posted there)

Other resources

The Spanish Postwar: Authoritarianism and Dissidence (1950s)

7: 17 Feb (Mon)

Feature film

  • Luis García Berlanga, ¡Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall! (Welcome Mr. Marshall!, 1953; 78 min)

Readings

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Luis García Berlanga’s ¡Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall! (Welcome Mr. Marshall!) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).
9: 24 Feb (Mon)

Feature film

  • Juan Antonio Bardem, Muerte de un ciclista (Death of a Cyclist, 1955; 88 min)

Readings

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Juan Antonio Bardem’s Muerte de un ciclista (Death of a Cyclist) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

Other resources

10: 26 Feb (Wed)

Feature excerpts

Readings

Other resources

Assignment

  • Analysis 1 (to be completed through Moodle, according to instructions posted there)

Constructing Democracy in the Shadows of the Past (1970-1990)

11: 2 Mar (Mon)

Feature film

  • Carlos Saura, Cría cuervos (Cría, 1975; 110 min)

Readings

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Carlos Saura’s Cria cuervos on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).
13: 23 Mar (Mon)

Feature film

  • Víctor Erice, El espíritu de la colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive, 1973; 95 min)

Readings

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Víctor Erice’s El espíritu de la colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

14: 25 Mar (Wed)

Feature film

  • Vicente Aranda, Amantes (1990; 103 min; Warning: Sex and Nudity)

Other resources

Assignment

  • Review 2 (submit via Moodle)
15: 30 Mar (Mon)

Feature film

  • Icíar Bollain, Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes, 2003; 109 min; Warning: Gender abuse and violence)

Readings

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Icíar Bollain’s Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

16: 1 Apr (Wed)

Feature film

  • Mario Camus, Los santos inocentes (The Holy Innocents, 1984; 107 min)

Readings

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Mario Camus’s Los santos inocentes (The Holy Innocents) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

17: 6 Apr (Mon)

Assignment

  • Analysis 2 (written in class)

Persisting Auteurism: The Almodovar effect

18: 8 Apr (Wed)

Feature film

  • Pedro Almodóvar¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (What Have I Done to Deserve This?, 1984; 101 min)

Readings

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Pedro Almodóvar’s ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (What Have I Done to Deserve This?) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).
19: 13 Apr (Mon)

Feature film

  • Pedro Almodovar, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, 1988; 90 min)

Readings

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Pedro Almodóvar’s Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

20: 15 Apr (Wed)

Feature film

  • Pedro Almodóvar, Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother, 1999; 101 min)

Readings

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Pedro Almodóvar’s Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

21: 20 Apr (Mon)

Feature film

  • Pedro Almodóvar, Volver (2004; 121 min)

Readings

Assignment

  • Analysis 3 (in class): Almodóvar’s auteurism
    Analyze an aspect of Volver explaining why you consider it to be significant and how it relates to Almodóvar’s filmography in general. Discuss what continuities and what new directions that element signals.

Transcending the National: Seeing, Remembering and Knowing in the Age of Globalization

22: 23 Apr (Wed)

Feature film

  • Isabel Coixet, La vida secreta de las palabras (The Secret Life of Words, 2005; 115 min)

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Isabel Coixet’s La vida secreta de las palabras (The Secret Life of Words) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

23: 27 Apr (Mon)

Feature film

  • Alejandro Amenábar, Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes, 1997; 117 min)

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Alejandro Amenábar’s Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

24: 29 Apr (Wed)

Feature film

  • Alex de la Iglesia, La comunidad (Common Wealth, 2000; 105 min)

Other resources

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Alex de la Iglesias’s La comunidad (Common Wealth) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).
25: 4 May (Mon)

Feature film

  • Juan Antonio Bayona, El orfanato (The Orphanage, 2007; 105 min)

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Juan Antonio Bayona’s El orfanato (The Orphanage) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

26: 6 May (Wed)

Feature film

  • Guillermo del Toro, El Laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006; 118 min)

Blog

  • Submit your commentary on Guillermo del Toro’s El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) on the SPAN/FILM301 Blog, according to the instructions included on the course “Description” page (see “Assessment”).

11 May (Mon)

Term paper: Reality and Representation in Spanish Cinema (submit by May 11 via Moodle)