Spanish Film Requirements

The films from which the MCC Spanish students can choose to watch are the following. Should you have any questions, see your professor. It is suggested that you read these or online commentaries before choosing your film. As in all countries, viewers differ as to their tastes, moral standards, and preferences. Sources might list the films in Spanish or English. Use both in finding copies to view.

  1. Azúcar Amarga (Bitter Sugar) (1996) (Cuba) 75 minutes. Unrated. Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested. When his brother Bobby takes a shocking step of revolt and Gustavo is refused service at a foreigners-only bar, the contradictions in his resolve to become a "new man" push him to the breaking point.
  2. Camila (1984) (Argentina, Spain) 107 minutes. Rated R. In Buenos Aires of the 1840's, a young Jesuit and a wealthy socialite fall in love and begin a torrid affair. They escape from the city, and, in disguise, set up house in a village, assuming they are safe and beyond the cares of anyone. However, both the church and Camila's family are enraged, vowing to hunt down the lovers for a capital crime. Based on a true story.
  3. El abuelo (The Grandfather) (1998) (Spain) 151 minutes. Rated PG. An elderly man returns to Spain after visiting the US during the Gold Rush and losing his fortune. He returns because his son has died leaving two daughters, and the son has left a note stating that one of the two is a bastard child. The grandfather hopes to find out which is his true granddaughter.
  4. El hijo de la novia (The Son of the Bride) (2001) (Argentina) 123 minutes. Rated R for language. At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time with their daughter and he has yet to make a commitment to his girlfriend. At his lowest point, a minor heart attack reunites him with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend, who helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways.
  5. El Mariachi (1992) (Mexico, USA) 81 minutes. Rated R. El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case.
  6. Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) (2000) (Argentina) Rated R for language. Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").
  7. Diarios de motocicleta (Motorcycle Diaries) (2004) (USA, Argentina) Rated R. An adaptation of the journal written by Ernesto "Che" Guevara when he was 23 years old. He and his friend Alberto Granado are typical college students who, seeking fun and adventure before graduation, decide to travel across Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Peru in order to do their medical residency at a leper colony. The two best friends start off with the same goals and aspirations, but by the time the film is over, it's clear what each man's destiny has become.
  8. Maria Full of Grace (2004) (USA, Colombia) Rated R for drug content and language. The pellets contain heroin. Each weighs 10 grams. Each is 4.2 cm long and 1.4 cm wide. And they're on their way to New York in the stomach of a 17-year-old girl.

These films are well known and can be found in the MCC Leroy Goode Library on reserve. In addition, these films are found in many video rental stores. There are large foreign film selections at several Blockbusters stores in the Rochester area (www.blockbuster.com). Another good source is Netflix.com (by subscription). In addition, the Monroe County Library System carries foreign films. Check their website at mcls.rochester.lib.ny.us. They can also be purchased through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble online, etc.

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