A History of Film in Latin America

History 100E

Spring 2016
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
0056 BARROWS
Day & Time: 
MWF 900-1000
CCN: 
39296
Units: 
4

This class posits that films are primary documents, and thus, can be used as the basis of historical inquiry and analysis. We will consider aspects of the content, form, and execution of a set of outstanding films from Latin America from about 1940 to about 1970, focusing on this period of cultural and political development primarily in the countries with major film industries: Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, and Argentina. Our readings will include histories of the film and culture industries, more general examinations of the political and social issues raised in the movies we watch, and film criticism of the period. Students will be expected to attend several movie nights or make arrangements to see movies outside of class time at the Media Resource Center. The course will include two short papers based on the films as well as a final paper.