Spring 2021

Representation and Reality in Spanish Cinema

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-232  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-328  |  Spanish, as SPAN-315

Formerly listed as: SPAN-36


Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 315, EUST 232, and FAMS 328) From Pedro Almodóvar to Penélope Cruz, Spanish directors and actors are now international stars. But the origins of Spain’s cinema are rooted in censorship and patriarchy. This course offers an overview of Spanish film from 1950 to the present along with an introduction to film studies. Through weekly streaming films and discussions, students will follow how Spain’s culture, history and society have been imagined onscreen, as well as how Spanish filmmakers interact with the rest of Europe and Latin America. We will pay particular attention to issues surrounding gender and sexuality as well as contemporary social justice movements. No prior experience with film analysis is needed. Conducted in Spanish.

This course has been designed with a strong digital component. For S21, all films will be streamed through Moodle and course materials will be available digitally. Instruction will likely be remote and synchronous via Zoom. If circumstances permit, there may be opportunities for in person group work and meetings with the professor for those students on campus.

Requisite: SPAN 211, SPAN 301 or consent of the instructor. Spring Semester. Professor Brenneis.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2013, Spring 2017, Spring 2021