Contemporary Spain through the Eye of the Movie Camera (In Spanish)

UAB Barcelona Summer School

22 Visiones de la España Contemporánea a través del Cine / Contemporary Spain through the Eye of the Movie Camera (in Spanish)	Ludovico Longhi

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students and Alumni UAB Premium+ : 200 €
Teaching Language: Spanish
Place: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period: 21 June to 09 July, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration of international and national students (non-UAB students) before May 16 will get 20% discount.

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The UAB aims is to provide this course on-site. However, we are also prepared to switch to online-only mode when governmental restrictions are introduced or in place because of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Due to this uncertain situation, we will announce the approach and interaction forms concerning this course at a later stage in 2021 (June-July).



Rosa Gutiérrez Herranz is Associate Professor at the Department of Art and Musicology UAB, where she teaches Art History and Cinema. She works as an art and film critic and is member of the International Association of Art Critics. Her main research lines focused in the field of visual culture and cross-cultural and comparative studies.

Ludovico Longhi holds a PhD in Audiovisual Communication and he is Associate Professor of Film History and Cinematographic Direction at the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising UAB. His main research line focused on popular film genres, like comedy of manners, euro western and crime. He is a researcher of the Research Group P.C.E. (UB), which studies the cinematographic theory in Spain.

Both professors have collaborated together in several publications, among the most recent De Escipión a Berlusconi. Una historia de Italia en 50 películas (2019) y El cine y su doble. Documento, relato, representación (2019).

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Contents overview

The course offers a general approach to Spanish contemporary culture and history from the post-war period until now through its cinematographic self-representation. The selection of movies analysed in the classes intends to be representative of recent Spanish history and cover the main social, political, economic and cultural aspects of the country’s reality. In the same way, this selection tries to attend to the variety of the Spanish cinema over that period, integrating both amateur and commercial or genre films.

Our methodological approach is based on the multidisciplinary perspective of the comparative and intermedia studies that focus on visual culture. This kind of approach permits a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the contemporary world and has become indispensable in the field of Humanities and Communication studies.

Our main learning goal in this course is to analyse, review and criticize the role that these cinematographic representations have had in the construction of identity, contrasting them with the personal experience of foreign and national students, in order to offer a more inclusive, extensive and complex vision of the Spanish cultural diversity.


Week programme


Visiones de la España Contemporánea a través del Cine / Contemporary Spain through the Eye of the Movie Camera (In Spanish)
 Week  Contents Teaching/learning activities

1. Magic Realism in Cuerda’s Films

2. The Long Postwar Mourning: Erice’s El espíritu de la colmena and El sur

3. Remains of a Feudal World: the Spain of the Latifundio in Los santos inocentes

4. In the Name of the Father: Patriarchy and Religion in Buñuel’s Films

5. Scraps of Life in a Provincial Town: Bardem’s Calle mayor and Picazo’s La tía Tula


Film projections, analyses and debates

6. The Tradition of the Costumbrismo in Berlanga’s Comedies

7. Struggle for Modernity in the Spain of Developmentalism: Ferreri’s Comedies

8. Group Presentations: The 40’s: the Postwar Period and the Autarchy; The 50’s: Opening and Liberalization

9. Cinema, Literature, Theatre: Fernando Fernán Gómez

10. Group Presentations: The 60’s: The Developmentalism; The 70’s: The Transition


Film projections, analyses and debates

11. Committed Cinema: the Films of the Spanish Transition

12. Group Presentations: The 80’s: the Spain of the Change; The 90’s: From Euphoria to Crisis

13. Postmodern Spain: Almodovar’s Films of the 80’s

14. Group Presentations: The 2000s: the Spain of Euro; The 2010s: The Rise of Populisms

15. Parody, Pastiche and Esperpento in A. de la Iglesia’s Films


Film projections, analyses and debates



Evaluation consists of three sections: lecture attendance (30%), participation and discussion in the debates (30%), work in group of 3-5 students about an aspect of Spanish contemporary history (40%)


Links and references

Bibliography: Spanish History

Biescas, José Antonio; Tuñón de Lara, Manuel (1980), España bajo la dictadura franquista (1939-1975). Barcelona: Labor.

Carr, Raymond (2006), España 1808-1939. Barcelona: Ariel.

Fontana, Josep; Villares, Ramón, ed. (2007-2013), Historia de España, vol. 9: La dictadura de Franco (Borja de Riquer); vol. 10: España en democracia, 1975-2011 (Xosé M. Núñez Seixas). Barcelona: Crítica/Marcial Pons.

Fusi, Juan Pablo, España, 1808-1996: el desafío de la modernidad (1998). Madrid: Espasa Calpe.

García de Cortázar, Fernando, González Vesga, José Manuel (2017), Breve historia de España. Madrid: Alianza.

García de Cortázar, Fernando (2009), El franquismo, 1939-1975. Madrid: Anaya.

García de Cortázar, Fernando (2011). Leer España: una historia literaria de país. Barcelona: Planeta.

García de Cortázar, Fernando (2007). Historia de España desde el arte. Barcelona: Planeta.

Preston, Paul (1994), Franco: caudillo de España. Barcelona: Grijalbo.

Preston, Paul (2003), Juan Carlos: el rey de un pueblo. Barcelona: Plaza & Janés.

Powell, Charles (2001), España en democracia: 1975-2000. Barcelona: Plaza & Janés.

Temime, Émile; Broder, Albert; Chastagnaret, Gérard (1982), Historia de la España contemporánea: desde 1808 hasta nuestros días. Barcelona: Ariel.

Tusell, Javier, ed. (1990), Manual de Historia de España, vol. 6: Siglo XX (Javier Tusell). Madrid: Historia 16.

Tusell, Javier (et al.), ed. (1995), Historia de la transición y consolidación democrática en España, 1975-1986, Madrid: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Tusell, Javier (2000), Historia de España en el siglo XX. Madrid: Santillana/Taurus.


Audiovisual resources: Spanish History

Memoria de España (DVD) (2005), cap. 25: Franco, Franco, Franco; cap. 26: España en libertad, 1976-2005. Valladolid: Divisa.


Bibliography: Spanish Cinema

Benet, Vicente J. (2012). El cine español: Una historia cultural. Barcelona: Paidós.

Borau, José Luis (1998). Diccionario de cine español. Madrid: SGAE.

Casares Rodicio, Emilio (2011). Diccionario del cine iberoamericano: España, Portugal y América. Madrid: SGAE.

Castro de Paz, José Luis, Pena Pérez, Jaime (2005). Cine español: otro trayecto histórico: nuevos puntos de vista: una aproximación sintética. Valencia: Ediciones de la Filmoteca.

Castro de la Paz, José Luis, Pérez Perucha, Julio, Zunzunegui, Santos eds. (2005), La nueva memoria: historia(s) del cine español (1939-2000). A Coruña: Vía Láctea.

Català, Josep Maria, Cerdán, Josetxo, Torreiro, Casimiro (2001). Imagen, memoria y fascinación: Notas sobre el documental en España. Madrid: Ocho y medio.

Cerdán, Josetxo y Torreiro, Casimiro eds. (2007). Al otro lado de la ficción: trece documentalistas españoles contemporáneos. Madrid: Cátedra.

Gubern, Román, Monterde, José Enrique, Pérez Perucha, Julio, Riambau, Esteve, Torreiro, Casimiro (2009). Historia del cine español. Madrid: Catedra.

Gubern, Román, Font, Domènec (1975). Un cine para el cadalso: 40 años de censura cinematográfica en España. Barcelona: Euros.

Heredero, Carlos (1999). 20 nuevos directores del cine español. Madrid: Alianza.

Monterde, José Enrique (1993). Veinte años de cine español: Un cine bajo la paradoja (1973-1992). Barcelona: Paidós.

Pérez Perucha, Julio ed. (1998). Antología critica del cine español. Madrid: Cátedra.

Zunzunegui, Santos (2018). Historias de España: De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de cine español. Santander: Shangrila.


Audiovisual Resources: Spanish Cinema

Del éxtasis al arrebato: 50 años del otro cine español (DVD) (2009). Barcelona: Cameo.

¡Qué grande es el cine español! (programa de TV):

Versión española (programa de TV):