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Hispanic Cinema and Culture
University of Barcelona (UB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Film Studies, Art 100 Spanish 3 45 One semester of college level Spanish is recommended

Film Studies/Art - Spanish Cinema (22.5 hours)

The course objectives are to discuss films shown in class and to broaden students’ knowledge of conversational Spanish through cinema (formal and informal register, dialect varieties, and so on). The course also aims to analyze how films reflect Spanish society and how Spanish cinema responds to its changing needs.


During the course we view films, or excerpts of films, from among the most representative in Spanish cinema from its origins to the present day. We analyze the artistic oeuvres of established film-makers such as Buñuel, Bardem, García Berlanga, Saura, etc., and so on, and special attention will be paid to the works of the most important Spanish directors of the last two decades – Almodóvar, Trueba, Amenábar, Medem, Miró, among others.


Heredero, C. F., (1999), Veinte nuevos directores, Madrid, Alianza.
Seguin, J. C., (1996), Historia del cine español, Madrid, Acento Editorial.
Torres, A. M., (1996), Diccionario Espasa de cine español, (edición de bolsillo), Madrid, Espasa.


At the end of the term students will submit an essay on a topic related to course material.

Latin American: Painting, Cinema, Literature and Music (22.5 hours)

The course will consist of the study of Latin American literature through some of its most representative works and of the socio-cultural artistic framework they are in. The main objective is to provide students with the knowledge and the specific reading clues, as well as to optimize and develop the different comprehension and interpretation strategies linked to the cultural and artistic world of Latin America.


-Pablo Neruda: myth and history
-A dialogue with traditional Latin American music through poetry
-The “neo-fantastic” universe in a short-story written by Julio Cortázar
-A stroll through art and painting in Latin America
-The relationship between literature and cinema in Latin America: from the literary text to the cinematographic image.


FRANCO, J., (1990), Historia de la literatura Hispanoamericana, Ariel
GUTIERREZ, R. (2000) Historia del arte Iberoamericano, Lungwerg ediciones
PÉREZ MURILLO, D y FERNÁNDEZ FERNÁNDEZ, D. (COOR) (2002): La memoria filmada: América Latina a través de su cine, Editorial Iepala


There will be a written exam which will consist of a series of questions about contents covered during the

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