Module Identifier SP31020  
Module Title SPANISH CINEMA (POST-1960)  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Rob Stone  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Professor Gwynne Edwards  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) eligibility for entry to Level 3 Spanish.  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours Film showings (6 of 2 hours each) will be in addition to the above hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours  
  Practical   5 film showings of 2 hours each.  
Assessment Continuous assessment   2 essays of 1,500-2,000 words.   40%  
  Exam   2 Hours Written exam. (2 essays in 2 hours)   60%  

Brief description

The module is intended for Single and Joint Honours students of Spanish. Its aim is to show how Spanish film directors have responded to crucial changes within the country. Within this context the changing role of woman in Spanish society will be a particular focus. The selected films will also reveal the similarities and differences between the respective directors, not only in terms of their concerns but also in relation to their use of the medium of film.


Week 1.   Introduction: Spanish film and Society
Weeks 2-11   Two weeks allocated to the study of each film
Weeks 6, 12   Term essay tutorials

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to relate the concerns of major Spanish film directors to their studies of other forms (the novel and the theatre in particular), as well as to see trends in Spanish cinema in the context of the social and political development in Spain. In addition, they will be able to appreciate the techniques of cinema and, one hopes, see other films in a new light.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Hopewell, John. (1986) Out of the Past, Spanish Cinema after Franco. London: British Film Institute
Higginbotham, Virginia. (1988) Spanish Film under Franco. University of Texas Press
Besas, Peter. (1985) Behind the Spanish Lens. Denver: Arden Press
Kinder, Marsha. (1993) Blood Cinema. University of California Press
Bunuel, Luis. (1985) My Last Breath. London: Fontana
Edwards, Gwynne. (1982) The Discreet Art of Luis Bunuel. London: Marion Boyars
Edwards, Gwynne. (1995) Indecent Exposures. London: Marion Boyars
Vidal, Agustin Sanchez. (1984) Luis Bunuel. Madrid: Ediciones JC
Vidal, Agustin Sanchez. (1988) El cine de Carlos Saura. Zaragoza
Evans, Peter. (1982) El espiritu de la colmena the Monster, the Place of the Father and Growing up in the Dictatorship. xxxi, no 3. Vida Hispanica
Riley, Edward. (1984) The Story of Ana in El espiritu de la colmena. LXI. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
Smith, Paul Julian. (1992) Laws of Desire. Cambridge: University Press
Blanco, Francisco. (1989) Pedro Almodovar. Madrid: Ediciones JC
Stone, Rob. (1998) Designing Women: Vertigo, Carmen and La ardilla roja. Tesseras
Stone, Rob. (2001) Spanish Cinema. New York