Justin T. Crumbaugh (Section 01)
(Offered as SPAN 34 and FAMS 34.) This course studies the films of Spanish director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar. Although he began as European cinema's favorite bad boy, Almodóvar has since restyled himself and his "art" in accordance with traditional authorial discourse and has become one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the world. This process of evolution roughly coincides with--and must be studied in relation to--Spain's period of rapid political and cultural transformation since the death of right-wing military dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. The course also addresses the ways Almodóvar's work addresses broader issues such as consumerism, ontology, gender, and film authorship itself. This course requires once-per-week film screenings at a time to be determined. Conducted in Spanish.
Requisite: Spanish 07 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Crumbaugh.