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Spanish 110 – Fall, 2020 Explanation and Rubric for Film Analysis

Apart from actually traveling to another country, watching a film from or about another country and culture is one of the very best ways to explore that country/culture. Two times during the course you must watch a film from the Spanish-speaking world (NOT the films assigned for class viewing: “The Way”, “Even the Rain”, or “The Motorcycle Diaries”) and write a description and an analysis of the film. Follow these guidelines, schedule and film choices and include this information:

Paragraph 1 – Film, setting, plot and characters (between 150 – 250 words)

Who is the director of the film and in what country was the film made/produced?

Where and when does the story seen in the film take place?

What is the film about?

What is the plot and what happens?

Who are the major characters, what are they like and how do they relate to one another?

Paragraph 2 – Cultural analysis (between 150 – 250 words) – Using the USA or your native country as a point of comparison write a paragraph that describes and analyzes the country/culture portrayed in the film. Here are some things you can compare and analyze (depending on the film):

Basics in life like housing and living conditions, transportation, food etc.

Relationships with family, friends

Formal/business/ interactions and activities

Role of authority at societal level (military, police, law etc.) and personal (family, job etc.)

Gender roles and interactions between genders

Social classes and interactions between social classes

Anything that stands out to you as a good point of comparison/analysis

Paragraph 3 – Your analysis (between 150 – 250 words)

Does this film make you think strongly that people, life and cultures are basically the same, or are basically very different because of the place and time period? Explain.

What do you think the film’s director is trying to achieve or tell us with this film? Does she/he succeed?

What are your personal opinions about the film? Did you like it? Why?

What did you learn from it?

Would the film be appropriate/good for use in Span 110? Explain.

Film Analysis #2 by Thursday, October 29. – Watch one of the following films:

Machuca (2004) – Directed by Andrés Wood. Available on Vudu, Amazon Prime and iTunes

Tango (1998)– Directed by Carlos Saura