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Survey of Spanish Film (Level 5)


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Through a focus on key authors and works, this Survey of 20th Century Spanish Film course will introduce you to central aspects in twentieth-century Spanish art and film placed in their historical and cultural contexts. It will also give you a grounding in the technical analysis of cinema and art.

The art component will focus on a selection of paintings and sculptures. These will be studied within the context of the European Avant-garde (Cubism, Surrealism and Abstraction) and contemporary installation; and will introduce you to relevant developments in art history and theory, and to technical issues such as form, space, composition, colour, physical structure, modelling, casting and installation.

The film component offers a survey of main trends in the history of twentieth-century Spanish cinema, and will familiarise you with basic technical and theoretical issues in film study. This includes editing, sound, framing, camerawork, lighting, mise-en-scène, costume, genre, self-referentiality and intertextuality, the construction of a national (or regional) cinema, censorship and spectatorship.

We plan to cover:

  • The avant-gardes
  • The Civil War
  • Francoism
  • Democracy

Assessment is via a 10-minute individual presentation (30%), 1500-word critical review (30%) and 2500-word essay (40%).

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

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    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.