Spring 2025

Fascism, War, and Freedom: Spain and Japan On Screen

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-327  |  European Studies, as EUST-327  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-327


Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)
Timothy J. Van Compernolle (Section 01)


(Offered as ASLC 327, EUST 327, and FAMS 327) The relationships among media, the state, and civil society are complex.  This course aims to address these relationships by examining cinema—the art form of the twentieth century—in Japan and Spain during different but overlapping eras of tumult: the 1930s to the 1980s. Putting these two national cinemas in a comparative framework will allow us to address issues such as: the interest in film by authoritarian regimes; the way cinema is harnessed to wartime goals by the state; the nature of censorship and self-censorship in war and peace; the potential of image, sound, and narrative to give expression to propaganda and democratic ideals; the cathartic release following the end of an authoritarian regime or occupation. The course, taught in English, does not assume prior knowledge of either country, nor of film studies. All films have English subtitles.

Spring Semester. Professors Brenneis and Van Compernolle.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: readings, discussion participation, written work, visual analysis

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2014, Spring 2025