The Spanish Civil War through Film

byMaría Cardalliaguet Gómez-Málaga

The Spanish Civil War through Film is an interdisciplinary unit that uses films, art, history, literature and music to help students understand the social and political situation in Spain and in Europe during the late 30s. It is designed to be taught in upper level classes: Spanish IV and with proper modifications, could also be taught in AP Spanish, and Spanish III.

As a result of this unit, students will learn about The Spanish Civil War, will learn how to watch and analyze movies and how to give opinions after analyzing different perspectives of the same event. In order to do so, they will work with an ample variety of movies related to the Spanish Civil War: they will be able to analyze newsreel movies, documentaries, state-sponsored movies and fiction movies. They will also deal with poems, articles, pieces of art and music from that time.

The unit is recommended for Spanish students with an upper-intermediate level since it will be conducted in Spanish.

(Developed for Spanish III and IV, and AP Spanish, grades 11-12; recommended for Spanish III and IV, and AP Spanish, grades 11-12)

Comments (2)

    Robert Baldwin (Connecticut College, New London, CT)
    Subject taught: Art History
    The Spanish Civil War through Film by Mara Cardalliaguet Gmez-Mlaga
    I have searched Netflix for the films listed ion this interesting course but none of them show up. Could you please ask Mara Cardalliaguet Gmez-Mlaga if she could either email me with suggestions on how to rent these films. Perhaps she could add information on renting these films to her on-line essay.

    Thanks Robert Baldwin, Art History Sept, Connecticut College
    Hans Lhotzky (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, ON)
    Subject taught:
    Spanish Civil War
    I would appreciate any suggestions on sources covering the Republican and Civil War period in Avila.
    Having played as a child with the remains of grenades in the still existing ruins of that city I am curious of what went on there.
    Thank's for any help in this regard.
    Hans Lhotzky.

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