Spanish and Spanish-American Films

Francesca Piana

Tuesdays, October 10 - November 14 noon - 3:00 p.m. 6 sessions
The Engineering Center, One Walnut Street

We go to the movies not only for entertainment. Good films, like all kinds of art, teach us much about the world that surrounds us. They discover the past, challenge us to think about nature and the universe, and take us to places we might never be able to visit. They also show us the complicated nature of our psychological makeup and emotions and introduce us to the problems and accomplishments of the human race. In so doing, they enrich our minds, and allow us to understand our shared humanity.

The films chosen for this seminar will introduce you to some relevant aspects of the history and culture of Spain and Spanish America. We will view three Spanish and three Spanish-American films. The first 15 minutes of each class will introduce that week’s film to facilitate its understanding, and a discussion will follow the showing of each film. 

List of movies:  Spanish: Holy Innocents, Carmen, Sea Inside; Spanish-American: Official Story, El Norte, Man Facing Southeast   The films have been dubbed or have subtitles.

Teaching Style: Seminar     Weekly Preparation: None

    Francesca Piana

    Francesca Piana received a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of San Francisco.  She also received an M.A. in Spanish literature at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.  She taught history, international relations, and Spanish literature at the University of  San Francisco, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Phillips Academy in Andover before retiring.  She was director of summer programs for Phillips Exeter and Phillips Academy in Salamanca, Spain and director of School Year Abroad in Barcelona, Spain.