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Cinematic Creativity in Spain: Authorship, Industry, Politics Interdisciplinary Studies Program Fall 2024 Semester - Barcelona

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Cinematic Creativity in Spain: Authorship, Industry, Politics

Cinematic Creativity in Spain: Authorship, Industry, Politics Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Pompeu Fabra University
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Primary Subject Area: Film Studies
Instruction in: English
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45


Is film a fruit of collaborative creative effort or does it reflect the sensibility of a single author? Who deserves more credit: the director, the writer, the star?

A variety of controversies related to filmic creation are explored in examples from Spanish cinema. Creativity in film industry is studied through CIFESA studios (1932-1961). French auteurs theory, favoring the film-director as the principal creator, is presented through the works of Camus and Berlanga. Criticism of auteur's importance is implicit in postmodern examples (Almodovar, Medem). Political controversies involve creativity under dictatorship, cultural politics of Spanish democracy and women's contributions. Contemporary discussions tackle innovative approaches to realism (Sorogoyen, Lacuesta), appropriation of filmic creativity by digital media and recent theories on film as collaborative art (Sellors, 2007, Simonton, 2011). Students will have an opportunity to do creative tasks in form of course assignments.

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