MLL213 Dark Comedy in Hispanic Cinema:
Contemporary filmmakers within and beyond Spain have employed the dark comedy, satire, and the grotesque to critique the abuse of power, corruption, injustice, disenfranchisement, and economic crisis. We will ask ourselves: what is the relationship between the concave mirror of the Spanish grotesque and Spanish cinematic dark comedies? What is satire’s purpose in each case? What is the relationship between satire and social justice? How do features convey their critique through film grammar? How do dark comedies from elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world (Argentina, Mexico) utilize strategies of the grotesque for critiques of their immediate contexts?
*This course satisfies culture requirements (GEP & GFR) and is taught in English.
*A grade of B or higher is required for MLL213 to satisfy the requirements of the Spanish certificate.