Module Identifier SP21020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Rob Stone  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) eligibility for entry to Level 2 Spanish.  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours  
  Practical   5 Hours 5 film showings of 2 hours each.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam - 2 essays in 2 hours  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 2,000 words each.  40%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
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.

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 political and cultural 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 their use of the medioum of film.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Stone, Rob (2001) Spanish Cinema London and New York
John Hopewell Out of the Past: Spanish Cinema After Franco British Film Institute
Higginbotham, Virginia (1988) Spanish Film under Franco Austin: University of Texas Press
Besas, Peter (1985) Behind the Spanish Lens Denver: Arden Press
Kinder, Marsha (1993) Blood Cinema Berkeley: 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
Vidal, Agustin Sanchez (1988) El cine de Carlos Saura Zaragoza
Evans, Peter (1982) El espiritu de la colmena: the Monster, The Place of the Facther and Growing up in the Dictatorship Vida Hispanica
Riley, Edward (1984) The Story of Ana in El espiritu de la colmena 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 Tesserae


This module is at CQFW Level 5