An introduction and overview of Spanish film from its roots in the late nineteenth century to its recent rise to international prominence. Special attention will be paid to the social and political movements that led to the growth and development of Spanish film. Screenings include works by Segundo de Chomón (The Golden Beatle and Hotel Electric), Fernando Reyes (The Cursed Village), Juan Antonio Bardem ( Death of a Cyclist ), Carlos Saura (The Seventh Day), Julio Medem (Vacas), Pedro Almódovar (Bad Education), and Alejandro Amenábar (Tesis). This course is taught in ENGLISH. All screened films will be subtitled or simultaneously translated.