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10 October - 19 December


Ever since motion pictures began telling stories, the focus of attraction of countless films, regardless of their genre, has undoubtedly been the love story. The body and face of film stars became the centre of attraction on the screen; objects of admiration for filmmakers and spectators. But, with the advent of modernity, the pair of lovers that had starred in so many films fell into decline and their conflict embodied a more profound predicament: that of images and sound in film whose venerable marriage was being questioned by the new cinemas. The affair had come to an end. The fracture in the great love stories and the questioning of their required happy ending also affected modern cinema with respect to the classic structures.

Consequently, the complicated love stories in this course are also those in cinema: the love of the filmmaker for his trade, for the body or face of an actress or actor; the veneration of spectators when they are before a headshot of their favourite film star (that which Serge Daney called 'enchantment’; the pleasure and fascination of viewing).

In this course the body, the skin, the carnal and the sexual drive always appear in the foreground, through sessions generically dedicated to filmmakers, but also to actresses and actors: Leo McCarey, Setsuko Hara and Yasujirô Ozu, Nicholas Ray, Max Ophüls, Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan and Barbara Loden, John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, Richard Linklater, Pedro Almodóvar and Terence Davies.


Hours: Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

10 October. Leo McCarey

Love Affair, 1939/An Affair to Remember, 1957

17 October.  Setsuko Hara and Yasujirô Ozu

Late Spring (Banshun), 1949/Early Summer (Bakushû), 1951/Late Autumn (Akibiyori), 1960

24 October Nicholas Ray

They Live by Night, 1948/In a Lonely Place, 1950/Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)

31 October.  Max Ophüls

Roundabout (Max Ophüls, 1950)/Le Plaisir (Max Ophüls, 1952)/The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophüls, 1953)

7 November.  Marilyn Monroe

Niagara (Henry Hathaway, 1953)/River of No Return (Otto Preminger, 1954)/The Misfits (John Huston, 1961)

21 November. Elia Kazan and Barbara Loden

Wild River (Elia Kazan, 1960)/Splendor in the Grass (Elia Kazan, 1961)/Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970)

28 November. John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands

Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968)/A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)/Opening Night, 1977/Love Streams (John Cassavetes, 1984)

5 December. Richard Linklater

Before Sunrise, 1995/Before Sunset, 2004/

Before Midnight, 2013

12 December.  Pedro Almodóvar

Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos, 2009)/The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito, 2011)/Julieta, 2016

19 December. Terence Davies

The Deep Blue Sea 2011/A Quiet Passion, 2016

José Manuel López

Critic, educator and film programmer, he is presently writing his dissertation titled “Centauros de la ciudad. Vagabundeos terminales por la metrópolis y el cine contemporáneos” and works as a Screenwriting professor at the Pontevedra Faculty of Communication. Since 2012 he has been teaching cinema courses at Vigo's Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO) and at the Santiago's Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC). He has also delivered conferences at centres such as Máster LAV, ESCAC, CGAI, Seminci, Festival de Málaga or Centro de las Artes de Sevilla.

He founded the cinema journal Tren de sombras (2004-2008) and from 2007 to 2017, he was a member of the editorial staff for Caimán Cuadernos de Cine (previously known as Cahiers du Cinéma: España). In 2008 he coordinated the book Naomi Kawase. El cine en el umbral for the Festival de Cine de Las Palmas. He has participated in collective works such as La risa oblicua. Tangentes, paralelismos e intersecciones entre documental y humor; Las edades de Apu. Estudios sobre la trilogía de Satyajit Ray, or Paul Schrader. El cineasta frente a los tiempos, among others. He has also collaborated in a variety of cinema journals and as dialogue writer for the Galician television (TVG) series Matalobos.

In 2015 he curated the cinema series O centro non pode resistir. Descentramentos da figura na paisaxe urbana to accompany the exhibit Valérie Jouve. Corps en résistance at Fundación Luís Seoane of A Coruña; in 2017 he curated the shorts program Sonic Lux for Curtocircuito - Festival Internacional de Cine de Santiago de Compostela; and in 2018 he curated New Spain, an exhibit of Spanish artists and filmmakers for Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática and Curtas - Festival de Vila do Conde (Portugal).

DIRECTOR: José Manuel López

COORDINATION: Virginia Villar

ADDRESSEES: Teachers, students and everyone interested in cinema.

SEATS: 150

INSCRIPTION: The inscription period is from 4 September until 9 October 2018. To participate, please send an email to indicating your full name, Passport or ID number, studies, field of work or interest, an email address and a telephone number. Once the application is accepted, participants will receive information with payment instructions.


CERTIFICATION: The CGAC will issue a certificate to everyone who attends at least 75 % of the sessions.

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