New Argentine Cinema

Module code: SP3160

This module will introduce you to aspects of contemporary Argentine cinema through an examination of five feature length films and two short experimental videos. It will begin with a consideration of the recent history of Argentina and will go on to explore the social and political contexts of each of the set films and to analyse their themes and style. On completion of this module you will have developed a critical awareness of the films studied and of their social and historical contexts. You will be able to discuss recurrent themes in contemporary Argentine culture and demonstrate your knowledge of cinematic genres and techniques through written presentations.

Topics covered

  • The concept of New Argentine Cinema of the 1960s and 1990s
  • The star system of Argentina, the case of Ricardo Darin
  • Mainstream versus independent cinema
  • Contemporary Argentine socio-political history
  • Film genres

Learning

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 130 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Coursework essay (70%)
  • Exam (30%)