This course offers students a basic foundation for studying Spanish cinema. Besides the films themselves, we will study the development of cinematic movements and genres in Spain from the end of the 19th century up until the contemporary era. We will examine auteur cinema, paying particular attention to the productions of Luís Buñuel, Luís García Berlanga, Pedro Almodóvar, Julio Medem, and Icíar Bollaín. At the same time we will focus on learning a critical film vocabulary in order to solidify our ability to analyze cinematography and write critical essays on film. This course should be based on an open exchange of ideas among students, with the goal of establishing a dialogue about the importance of film in the creation of Spanish culture.