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Cynthia Steele
C LIT 315
Seattle Campus

National Cinemas

Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.

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C LIT 315A / JSIS 480A New Chilean Cinema.

Overview of Chilean film, with an emphasis on the past two decades and re-democratization after dictatorship. Films will be screened in class on Mondays and Wednesdays, in Spanish with English subtitles, and will include most of the following: Miguel Littin, The Jackal of Nahueltoro; Patricio Guzman, Chile: Obstinate Memory and Nostalgia for the Light; Raul Ruiz, Night Across the Street; Alicia Scherson, Il Futuro; Andres Wood, Machuca and Violeta Went to Heaven; Pablo Larrain, Tony Manero, Post-Mortem, and No; and Sebastian Lelio, Gloria. Critical essays about the films will be posted to our Catalyst site. Students will keep a reading and viewing journal, take four quizzes, and write two four- to five-page analytical essays. Required Textbooks: Ricardo Lagos, THE SOUTHERN TIGER: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); and Antonio Skarmeta, THE DAYS OF THE RAINBOW: A NOVEL. Trans. Mery Botbol (NY: Other Press, 2011).

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Last Update by Cynthia Steele
Date: 04/11/2014