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HP320 Screening Spain: Spanish Film in Context

Module Code: HP320
Module Name: Screening Spain: Spanish Film in Context
Module Coordinator: Dr Tom Whittaker
Date and time TBC
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

What is the relationship between Spanish film and history? How has Spanish cinema contributed to the national imagination of Spain?

This course provides a detailed introduction to Spanish film from the 1950s until the present day. It explores the ways in which Spanish cinema has frequently explored, constructed and problematized Spanish nationhood across a diverse range of cinematic movements and genres. In studying the works of key directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Alex de la Iglesia, Iciar Bollaín and Carla Simón, the course considers how Spanish film has responded to key moments, crises and contradictions in Spanish history and society. The course will consider the practices of both Spanish art cinema and popular cinema alike, and closely examine these trends within their sociohistorical, political and industrial contexts.

The course is taught through a combination of weekly lectures and seminars, where students are expected to have watched the film in advance. The seminars will also enable students to develop their analytical skills of film.

Films studied

El espíritu de la colmena (Víctor Erice, 1973)

Carmen (Carlos Saura, 1983)

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)

Vacas (Julio Medem, 1992)

Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, 1961)

Estiu 1993 (Carla Simón, 2017)

Balada triste de trompeta (Alex de la Iglesia, 2010)

O que arde (Oliver Laxe, 2019)

Assessment Method

1,000-1,250 word commentary 25%
3,000-3,250 word essay 75%