SPN 350 • Studies in Hispanic Life and Culture-Taught in Mexico
This course aims to study the main trends of the Mexican cinema produced between 1930s and 1950s. Our focus will be the representation of characters, landscape, moral and aesthetic values, social and political concerns, in order to answer the following questions: Which elements constitute the self-characterization of Mexican culture in the industry of cinema? What is the role that cinema plays in the promotion of nationalism? What are the main stylistic trends of the Golden Age film production? How cinema propose gender and ethnic codes that can be observed in Mexican daily culture?
20% Class participation 10% Film presentation 20% 3-pages paper 20% 2 partial tests 30% Final test
John King. Magical Reels. A History of Cinema in Latin America. Alejandro Medrano Platas. Quince directores del cine mexicano. Jorge Ayala Blanco. La aventura del cine mexicano. Carlos Monsiváis, Carlos Bonfil. A través del espejo. El cine mexicano y su publico