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CMS 320 A: Cinema And Nation

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
JHN 111
SLN: 
12321
Joint Sections: 
JSIS 480 B
Instructor:
Photo of Cynthia Steele
Cynthia Steele

Syllabus Description:

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CMS 320A / JSIS 480B

THE FILM FESTIVAL AND

CINEMA IN SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

Spring 2017

TTh 1:30-3:20

Prof. Cynthia Steele

Office Hours:

Padelford C-502

MW 1:30-2:20 and by appointment

206-641-1004

cynthias@uw.edu

Canvas Site:

https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1137925

An introduction to the world of international film festivals, with the Seattle International Film Festival, and cinema in Spanish and Portuguese, as a test case. We will analyze the criteria for selecting films for festivals, and the range of genres, issues, and cinematic styles represented at them. You will watch two films a week at home on instant streaming, which we will discuss in class, along with pertinent essays. (Both the films and essays will be posted to Canvas). You will keep a film viewing and reading journal throughout the quarter, and will write a short comparative essay about two of the films we have watched for class. During the last three weeks, you will view at least four Spanish, Portuguese and/or Latin American films in the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2017 and write reviews of them, together with a 4-6-page overall review of the festival. During the last two meetings, you will present your reviews orally to the class. All films have English subtitles and readings are in English, so knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese is not required (but is very welcome!)

Films:

Two-hour reserves in Suzzallo Media Center; most are also posted to Canvas under Pages: Films:

  1. Revolución / Revolution

Mexico, various directors, 2011

DVD VENEV 106

2. Las buenas hierbas / The Good Herbs

Mexico, María Novaro, 2010

[NOT AVAILABLE in library; available on Canvas]

3. Los insólitos peces gato / The Amazing Catfish

Mexico, Claudia Sainte-Luce, 2014

DVD STRAN 056

4. Post Tenebras Lux / Light After Darkness

Mexico, Carlos Reygadas, 2013

DVD STRAN 045

5. Leonera / Lion’s Den

Argentina, Pablo Trapero, 2009

DVD STRAN 031

6. Elefante Blanco / White Elephant

Argentina, Pablo Trapero, 2013

DVD STRAN 04

7. La mujer sin cabeza / The Headless Woman

DVD STRAN 030

8. Il Futuro / The Future

Chile, Alicia Scherson, 2013

DVD STRAN 050

9. Conducta / Conduct

Cuba, Ernesto Daranas, 2014

DVD SOUTHH 146

10. La tierra y la sombra / Land and Shade

Colombia, César Augusto Acevedo, 2016

DVD STRAN 102

11. El abrazo de la serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent

Colombia, Ciro Guerra, 2016

DVD OSC 066

12. Quanto vale ou é por quilo? / How Much Does It Cost or Is It by the Kilo?

Brazil, Sergio Bianchi, 2005

DVD SOUTHH 005

13. O lobo atrás da porta / A Wolf at the Door

Brazil, Fernando Coimbra, 2015

DVD STRAN 073

14. Balada triste de trompeta / The Last Circus

Spain, Alex de la Iglesia, 2011

DVD MAGN 041

15. La isla minima / Marshland

Spain, Alberto Rodríguez, 2015

DVD STRAN 084

Essays (posted to Canvas):

A1. Claudia Schaefer and Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández. “From Utopia to Uchronia: After-Images of Revolutionary History in Contemporary Mexican Film.” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 13.2 (2016): 137-157.

A2 & A3. Hing-Yuk Wong, Cindy. Film Festivals. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2011, Ch. 1 & 2.

A4. Joanne Hirshfield, “Nation and Post-nationalism: The Contemporary Modernist Films of Carlos Reygadas.” Transnational Cinemas 5.1 (2014): 28-40.

A5. Urraca, Beatriz. “Rituals of Performance: Ricardo Darín as Father Julián in Elefante blanco.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos LXVIII.2 (junio 2014): 353-372.

A6. Shroeder-Rodriguez, Paul A. “Little Riding Hood Meets Freud in Lucrecia Martel’s Salta Trilogy.” Camera Oscura 87 29.3 (2014): 93-115.

A7. Graham, Tom. “Jungle Fever.” Sight and Sound July 2016: 42-44.

A8. Gina Sheriff, “Franco’s Monsters: The Fantasy of Childhood in El laberinto del fauno and Balada triste de trompeta.” Confluencia 30.2 (Spring 2015): 127-139.

DETERMINATION OF GRADES:

Viewing & Reading Journal                    20%

Essay                                                   20%

Review of SIFF 2017                             20%

Reviews of four Spanish- or

Portuguese-Language films in SIFF        20%

Participation                                         20%

Reading and Viewing Journal:

Please write between one and two pages, typed, double-spaced, on each of the assigned films and readings; see the complete list under “Assignments: Journal.” Please number your entries and follow the order given in the list. In the case of the films, in your entry you should respond to one or two of the questions included on the list of film questions, which are posted under “Files.” Please submit the two halves of your journal through Canvas on the dates given below.

Analytical Essay:

You will one 4-6-page analytical essay, including a list of works consulted, and incorporating discussion of the films and readings studied in class. Your essay should compare and contrast a theme or problem in two of the films we have studied in class. Please see the topics and detailed instructions posted under “Assignments.” Please submit your essays through Canvas on the date indicated.

Follow the guidelines of the MLA Handbook and of Linda Hutcheon and Nancy Kang’s “The English Critical Essay”:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

http://www.library.utoronto.ca/utel/language/essay.htm

Please utilize the services of the writing tutors at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center or other campus writing centers. You can make appointments with them online:

https://depts.washington.edu/owrc/signup.php

https://depts.washington.edu/owrc/docs.php

Reviews of SIFF:

You will write four 2-3-page reviews of four of the films in Spanish or Portuguese that are screened during SIFF 2017. Also, you will write a 4-5-page overall review of SIFF as a film festival.

Academic Honesty:

You are responsible for understanding and observing the UW guidelines regarding academic honesty. All your written work will be submitted through Canvas, which utilizes VeriCite to detect and provide a detailed report on any instances of plagiarism. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

Students with Disabilities:

To request accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 ((V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to me so we can discuss such accommodations.

CALENDAR

Date

In class

Watch or read Before Class

WEEK 1

Tues 28 March

Introduction:

International Film Festivals

Writing Film Reviews

 

 

Thurs 30 March

Mexico

Film 1: Revolución

A1. Schaefer & Rodríguez

Tues 4 April

                                               WEEK 2

Mexico

 

 

F2: Las buenas hierbas

A2 & A3: Wong, Ch. I & 2

 

 

 

Thurs 6 April

Mexico

F3: The Amazing Catfish

WEEK 3

Tues 11 April

Mexico

 

F4: Post Tenebras Lux

A4. Hershfield

 

Thurs 13 April

Argentina

F5: Lion’s Den

 

WEEK 4

Tues 18 April

Argentina

 

F6: White Elephant

A5: Urraca

 

Thurs 20 April

Argentina

F7: La mujer sin cabeza

A6: Schroeder

 

WEEK 5

Tues 25 April

Chile

 

F8: Il Futuro (screen in class)

 

Thurs 27 April

Cuba

 

F9: Conducta

 

WEEK 6

Tues 2 May

Critique essay introductions;

Bring 7 copies to class

7 pm: Essay introduction due

 

Thurs 4 May

 Colombia: Land and Shade (screen in class)

 

WEEK 7

Tues 9 May

Colombia

F10: Film: Land and Shade

 

Thurs 11 May

Colombia

F11: Embrace of the Serpent

7 pm: Essay due

WEEK 8

Tues 16 May

Brazil

 

F12: Film: Quanto vale

 

Thurs 18 May

Brazil  

SIFF begins

 

F13: Film: A Wolf at the Door

WEEK 9

Tues 23 May

Spain

F14. The Last Circus (screen in class)

A7: Sheriff

Thurs 25 May

Spain

F15: Marshland

WEEK 10

Tues 30 May

Presentations

7 pm: Journal due

Thurs 1 June

Presentations

Conclusions

7 pm: Reviews of 4 SIFF films due

10 pm: Review of the festival due

 

 

Catalog Description: 
Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:32pm
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