Module Identifier SPM0830  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Rob Stone  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours 2 essays  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 1 x 2,500 word essay  40%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an appreciation of Spanish films of the period in relation to the social and political context.
2. Show an awareness and understanding of teh metaphorical language of film-making that was developed by dissident film-makers as a response to censorship and oppression.
3. Demonstrate an awareness of teh potential of film as a political and subversive art form.
4. Express an awareness of film technique as related to the metaphorical language of dissident film-making in Spain.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the issues and debates relating to the development of culture in Spain during teh dictatorship.

Brief description

1. To examine the evolution of the cinema during the dictatorship (1939-1975) of General Franco.
2. To trace and analyse the emergence of a dissident film movement as a response to the state-backed Francoist cinema. This development will be analysed against a background of the social and political changes in Spain and will require specific reference to the metaphorical films of Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis Garcia Berlanga, Luis Bunuel, Carlos Saura and teh producer Elias Querejeta.
3. To study the evolution of Spanish culture under duress of the fascist dictatorship.


Key films (all films are available with subtitles in English)
Bienvenido Mister Marshall (1953 Berlanga)
Muerte de un ciclista (1955 Bardem)
Viridiana (1961 Bunuel)
La caza (1965 Saura)
El espiritu de la colmena (1973 Erice)

Supplementary films (Most are available with subtitles in English)
Los ultimos de Filipinas (1948 Alonso)
Alba de America (1951 de Orduna)
Esa pareja feliz (1951, Bardem & Berlanga)
Calle Mayor (1956 Bardem)
El verdugo (1961 Berlanga)
Tristana (1970 Bunuel)
Ana y los lobos (1973 Saura)
La prima Angelica (1974 Saura)
Cria cuervos (1975 Saura)
Pascual Duarte (1975 Franco)

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Angulo, J; Heredero, C F; Rebordinos, J L (1996) Elias Querejeta: La produccion como discurso Filmoteca Vasca
Besas P (1985) Behind the Spanish lens: Spanish Cinema under Fascism and Democracy Arden Press Inc, USA
Brandon, R (2000) Surreal Lives Papermac, London
Bunuel, L My Last Breath Flamingo, London
Ceron Gomez, J F (1998) El cine de Juan Antonio Bardem Universidad de Murcia - Primavera cinematografica de Lorca, Spain
Colmena, E (1996) Vicente Aranda Catedra, Madrid
D'Lugo, M (1991) Carlos Saura: The Practice of Seeing Princeton University Press, Princeton
Edwards, G (1995) Indecent Exposures Marion Boyars, London
Evans, P W (ed) Spanish Cinema: The Auteurist Tradition (pp. 128-146) Oxford University Press
Gubern R (1999) Proyector de luna Anagrama, Barcelona
Gubern, R et al Historia del cine espanol Catedra, Madrid
Higginbotham, V Spanish Film under Franco University of Texas Press, Austin
Hopewell, J Out of the Past: Spanish Cinema after Franco British Film Institute, London
Kinder, M (1993) Blood Cinema: The Reconstruction of National Identity in Spain University of California Press, USA
Mas, G: Cohen, M; Braudy, L (eds) Film Theory and Criticism 4th. Oxford University Press
Perez Turrent, T; De la Colina, J (1993) Bunuel por Bunuel Plot, Madrid
Sanchez Vidal, A (1988) El cine de Carlos Saura Caja de Ahorros de la Inmaculada, Zaragoza
Stone, R (2001) Spanish Cinema Longman, GB


This module is at CQFW Level 7