History of Spanish Cinema

OSH 983 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description: This course is an introduction to a history of Spanish cinema and its development in the last century.  Since the mid-1990s, Spanish cinema has entered a global film market, bringing large screen representations of Spain and its people to wider audiences inside and outside the Iberian Peninsula.  This course will consist of a critical overview of the role filmmakers from varied backgrounds have taken in interpreting similar trends in contemporary Spanish culture and society.  By analyzing Spanish cinema from the last half century, with a particular emphasis on the last decade, along with selected critical texts on current issues in Spain, we will explore such questions as women’s roles in contemporary society, immigration and exile, globalization, and experiences of war and violence, among other themes.  This course will take a transatlantic approach, examining how these issues are imagined within Spain as well as by filmmakers and writers from the Americas.  We will examine the sociological, cultural and political forces that have inspired such cinematic representations.  Various video clips, with subtitles, will be played.    


Week 1     

The origins of Spanish Cinema.

Week 2

Silent Cinema and the Avant-garde.

Week 3

The Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.

Week 4

The New Spanish Cinema.

Week 5

Cinema & Democracy.

Week 6 

Cinema in Latin America.


Instructor: Dr. Daniel Rivera

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2019-2020 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020