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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 200, 300, 400 Spanish 3 45 Two to three semesters 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.

Term 2: Latin American: Painting, Cinema, Literature and Music (22.5 hours)


The course will consist of the study of Latin American artistic expressions 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.

After this brief historical and artistic introduction, the main focus is on the study of contemporary prose and especially the short-story, due to its important role in the development and the height of Latin American narrative. Poetry, myth and history in Pablo Neruda are analyzed, the poetic and photographic prose of Juan Rulfo and the “neo-fantastic literature” in the short-stories of Julio Cortázar. There is also an initiation to a dialogue with traditional rhythm and music of Latin America. The course ends with the adaptation of a work of literature to cinema: setting, time, plot, characters and action.


The influence of image and cinema in the new narrative. The prose of Jorge Luis Borges is analyzed through his small masterpieces, his short-stories. The female writers of fantastic literature in the region of Río de la Plata. “Magic realism” and “mythical space and identity” in Gabriel García Márquez’s latest short-stories. Fiction and historical testimony in Isabel Allende. A journey through Latin American music: syncretism of
musical rhythms. The indefinition of borders in Benedetti´s short-stories. Colours and life in the paintings of Frida Kahlo. The labyrinth of emotions in Latin American cinema.


BELLINI, Giuseppe, (1997), Nueva historia de la literatura hispanoamericana, Madrid, Castalia.
FRANCO, J., (1990), Historia de la Literatura Hispanoamericana, Barcelona, Ariel.
GOIC, C., (1988), Historia y crítica de la Literatura Hispanoamericana T. II, Del Romanticismo al
Modernismo, Barcelona, Crítica.
GOIC, C., (1988), Historia de la Literatura Hispanoamericana, Tomo III, Época contemporánea, Barcelona, Crítica, S. A.
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, Madrid, Editorial Iepala


Given the theoretical-practical nature of the classes, the course assessment has a final exam and two written commentaries which the student has to do during the course.

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