Summer course: Oscar-Winning Mexican Directors

Filmmakers born in Mexico have won four of the last five Oscars for best director. Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), 2013; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman, The Revenant), 2014, 2015; Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water), 2017. The class will examine each award-winning film paying close attention to form and content in reference to the social and political issues raised in each of them. Scenes from other films by these three directors will inform our interpretation of two masterpieces about lives in social conflict in Mexico City: Gonzalez Inarritu's Amores perros (2000) and Cuaron's Roma (2018). The politically charged relationship between the cultures of Mexico north and south of its border with the United States will take center stage.

Course is taught by Eduardo Gonzalez, professor of Spanish at Hopkins, director of the Spanish subdivision, and director of Undergraduate Studies for Spanish. 3 credits. Registration opens March 5.

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