Spanish 384 - Iberian Cinemas

Barbara Zecchi,Eva Alvarez Vazquez

TU 4:00PM 6:30PM

UMass Amherst
Herter Hall room 217
This class offers a survey of the film productions of the Spanish state. Through a selection of over 20 films, this class will follow the evolution of Spanish society and culture from dictatorship to democracy. It will address the development of Spanish cinema with an emphasis on different cinematic genres and film schools (for instance Basque cinema or Catalan cinema), and auteurs (Bu?uel, Saura, Luna, Almodovar, Coixet, Bollain, etc.). It will concentrate on topics such as the representation of Fascism, immigration, gender relations, gender-based violence, and national identity, and it will tackle the use of film techniques through close readings of specific film sequences. Films will be shown in their original versions (in Spanish, Catalan, Euskera, Galician or English) with English subtitles.

Analysis of several films by some of the most important directors from the sixties to the early 21st Century, in the context of Iberian
history, society, culture and politics. The following topics will be analyzed: representation of gender; history; filmic narrative; role of
religion; sexual and sociopolitical repression; violence and transgression; and other topics. Films have sub-titles. Course taught in English.

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.