Module Identifier SP10310  
Module Title SPANISH CINEMA 1  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Intended for use in future years (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Pre-Requisite None for students outside Spanish.  
Co-Requisite For Spanish students: SP10120, SP10210 or SP10740 or SP11420 and SP11520  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials    
  Other   16 Hours Contact Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam.  70%
Semester Assessment Essay: Assessed essay (1,500-2,000 words)  30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should have a better awareness of cinematic techniques in general, an understanding of how films relate to specific social contexts and an appreciation of the way that film brings a new dimension to the treatment of themes in comparison with other genres.

Brief description

This 10 credit module is intended for first year students at advanced level and for students from other disciplines with an interest in film. A knowledge of Spanish is not required, since all films are subtitled and translations of texts are supplied.

The course is designed to provide an introduction to Spanish cinema. More specifically, the course allows for an appreciation of the adaptation of literary works for the cinema. Four very different films are studied on this course - each of which reveals much about the the social and political context of their making.

There will be four hours devoted to each film. The first will deal with the literary source and the remainder will consist of a close study of the film. The final hour for each film will be conducted as a seminar.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Marsha Kinder (1993) Blood Cinema Los Angeles
John Hopewell (1986) Out of the Past: Spanish Cinema Under Franco London: FBI Books
Laura Mulvey, (1992) 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' in Film Theory and Criticism ed.Leo Braudy, Oxford: Oxford University Press
David A. Cook (1996) A History of Narrative Film U.S.A.: W.W. Norton
Barry Jordan and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas (1998) Contemporary Spanish Cinema Manchester University Press
Peter Besas (1985) Behind the Spanish Lens Arden Press: Colorado
Rob Stone (2001) Spanish Cinema Longman


This module is at CQFW Level 4