This week we discussed the intertwining of Realism and Neorealism in Buñuel’s Viridiana, and how Surrealism played an important role as well in the film’s iconographic representation of faith. Considering this discusion and your reading of the film, ask what you consider would be a most important question to pose about the film, and propose… Continue reading Unit 5. Iconographies of Faith. Realism and Neorealism
This week we discussed several concepts that are critical for anyone trying to read Spain’s decade of the 50s: autarky, paper-maché cinema, the national-popular, and humor. For this week blogpost, write a reflection on how you see populism, politics, humor, and autarky (economic independence) relate to the development and repression of historical memory, and how… Continue reading Unit 4. Borders of Belief: National, Transnational.
The advent of fascism in Spain during the second half of the 30s became an emblem of a historical lockdown, a kind of revival of the deadly battles between Catholics and Protestants during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). This week, we sought to understand the advent of fascism as the result of a series of… Continue reading Unit 3. War and Music, Rituals of Life and Death