Fascism, Cinema, and Literature. Silence, Pioneers, Remixes

This week we are going to explore silent cinema and its pioneers, as well as the relations between fascism, cinema, and literature.

By Thursday at midnight, or by Friday at 11am at the very latest, please post a blog entry in which you reflect upon the various points, issues, and topics we have brought up in our class and screening discussions.

What connections link literature and cinema with fascism in Spain during the first three decades of the 20th century?   What are some themes that you see emerging in the literary and cinematic representation of fascism in this era of pioneers (in film) and remixes (in literature)?  How do Florián Rey, Benito Perojo, and Luis Buñuel (in film), and Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Salvador Rueda, José María Pemán, and Emilio Prados represent these early stages of fascism?

You do NOT have to engage ALL these questions, but you can choose one or more of them as the starting point to formulate and write your reflections about this week.

Rey’s La aldea maldita (The Damned Village)


Buñuel’s Un chien andalou (An Andalusian Dog)


Perojo’s La bodega (The Tavern)