Spanish cinema: Almodóvar en el siglo XXI
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
rimbombancia de su estilo a través del estudio de técnicas cinematográficas y artefactos culturales. Este curso es
para estudiantes con nivel avanzado de español (si has estudiado español al menos durante 5 años).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: LSW70
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this introductory course, we will learn about the elements that make Almodóvar's films unique and acclaimed
internationally. The visual flamboyance of his style will be approached through the study of both cinematic
techniques and cultural devices. No prior knowledge of film studies is required but it would be beneficial.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will look at some of Almodóvar´s early films during La Movida, such as "Entre Tinieblas" ("Dark Habits"), and
also we will explore more recent films like "Todo Sobre mi Madre" ("All about my Mother") or "Habla con Ella" ("Talk
to Her") as well as “Dolor y gloria” (“Pain and Glory”) placing them within a historical frame and studying their visual style and their significance within the contemporary Spanish cinema.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Appreciate Almodóvar's unique visual style in his films
- Identify the elements that make Almodóvar's films so distinctive
- Place his main films within a socio-political context
- Describe the evolution of his work
- Have acquired some cinematic techniques in order to be able to read a film.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Advanced knowledge of Spanish is essential: you should have done a minimum of 5 years of Spanish recently. It is not necessary to have any prior knowledge of film studies or Spanish society.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g using money, telling the time, etc).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All material will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please ask the tutor or call Languages on 020 7492 2644.
Dr. Óscar Salgado-Suárez teaches Spanish language and cultural courses at Birkbeck, University of London; Imperial College and City Lit. His cultural research interests are 20th and 21st Century Spanish and Latin American visual and literary representations with a focus on storytelling, affects and humour studies in relation to historiography, national identities and power formations.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.