This seminar offers an introduction to Spanish and Latin American cinema. Focusing on key shorts and feature-length films from the late 19th century to the present, each session will be dedicated to discussing the technical, thematic, and artistic elements that made the selected work a landmark in Spanish and Latin American cinema. The readings, lectures, and class discussions will help students contextualize these films, illustrating how each work emerged from a specific cultural, political, and artistic moment. We will examine the way these cinematic works promoted and contested notions of Spanish and Latin American nationalism while learning about the major movements and developments in Spanish and Latin American cinema such as “Cinema Novo” from Brazil, “Imperfect Cinema” from Cuba, “New Latin American Cinema” from Argentina, and “Neo-realism” and “Movida” cinema from Spain. Key films include, Hotel Electric (Segundo de Chomon), An Andalusian Dog (Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali), Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem), Barren Lives (Nelson Pereira dos Santos), White Devil, Black God (Glauber Rocha), Lucia (Humberto Solás), The Young and the Damned (Luis Buñuel), The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice), The Law of Desire and All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar), Cows (Julio Medem) Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas), and Amores perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu). This seminar is taught in English. All readings will be English and all required screenings will be available with English subtitles.