ERIC Number: ED167474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Latin America: A Filmic Approach. Latin American Studies Program, Film Series No. 1.
Campbell, Leon G.; And Others
This document describes a university course designed to provide an historical understanding of Latin America through feature films. The booklet contains an introductory essay on the teaching of a film course on Latin America, a general discussion of strengths and weaknesses of student analyses of films, and nine analyses written by students during the course. The course structure included introductory sessions focusing on characteristic elements of film interpretation. After viewing one film each week, students wrote six-page analytic essays and met for discussions with experts in the field. Some films used in the course were "The Hour of the Furnace" (1968), an Argentine documentary; Bunuel's "Los Olvidados" ("The Young and the Damned," 1951) depicting life in a Mexico City slum; and Dos Santos'"Vidas Secas" ("Barren Lives," 1963), illustrating rural poverty. Films from Peru and Brazil were also included. Weaknesses in student film analyses included simplistic interpretations, summary rather than analysis, and under- or over-emphasis on cinematic techniques. The authors suggest methods for course improvement and conclude that students who took the course not only learned about Latin America but also increased their film literacy skills. (KC)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Audiovisual Communications, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Culture Conflict, Developing Nations, Documentaries, Film Criticism, Film Study, Higher Education, History Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interpretive Skills, Latin American Culture, Latin American History, Popular Culture, Poverty, Poverty Areas, Rural Areas, Slums, Student Reaction, Thematic Approach, Visual Literacy
Latin American Studies Program, University of California, Riverside, California 92521 ($2.00, paperbound)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - Serials; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Riverside. Latin American Studies Program.
Note: For a related document, see SO 011 555