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61.

Javier Egea and Luis Garcia Montero [electronic resource]

After the death of Franco and during the transition to a parliamentary monarchy, Spain's cultural life blossomed once again. In this environment, the poetry movement known as "the other sentimentality"-named after the first book of Javier Egea and Luis Garcia Montero-was born, a movement known for its transformation of the personal experience into a collective one so that any reader might identify with the feelings evoked. This program discusses that literary movement, chronicles the disenchantment about life and society that soon set in and contributed to Egea's suicide, and celebrates the continued achievements of Luis Garcia Montero's life.
Online
2007
62.

The Spanish Civil War: Part 1 [electronic resource]

This program sets the stage for an in-depth study of the Spanish Civil War by making sense of the political situation during the run-up to the war; by profiling disparate groups-centrists, anarchists, socialists, communists, separatists-and their leaders and backers; and by tracking the volatile events that snaked, like a powder train, toward the conflagration that in 1936 erupted in Madrid and touched off the military uprising in Spanish Morocco. The program concludes with the Battles of Badajoz and Talavera. Commentary by Ismael Saz, of the University of Valencia; Complutense University of Madrid's Julio Arostegui; religious historian Hilari Raguer i Suner; and others is featured.
Online
2007; 2006
63.

The Spanish Civil War: Part 2 [electronic resource]

This program follows the fortunes of the Nationalist and Republican forces from the fall of the Alcazar to the Nationalists to the last stand of the Second Republic's Army of the North at the Battle of Santander. The withdrawal of the Republican government to Valencia; Generalisimo Franco's self-appointment as Spain's head of state; the start of the siege of Madrid; the last major Republican victory, at Guadalajara; and the bombing of Guernica are covered as well. Commentary by historians Gabriel Cardona and Albert Balcells; Ricardo Miralles, of the University of the Basque Country; Armando Lopez Salinas, former leader of the Spanish Communist Party; and others is featured.
Online
2007; 2006
64.

The Spanish Civil War: Part 3 [electronic resource]

The Battle of Teruel, the Munich Pact, the Republican government's flight to Barcelona, and the Nationalists' attack on Valencia and invasion of Catalonia loom large in this program as the Second Republic spirals toward surrender. Commentary by Jose Maria Sole i Sabate and Jose Maria Figueras of the Autonomous University of Barcelona; religious historian Hilari Raguer i Suner; Alfonso Casas, secretary of the Battle of Teruel Association; historian Carlos Blanco Escola, a former Republican cavalry colonel; and others is featured.
Online
2007; 2006
65.

The Moors [electronic resource]: At the Height of Empire

With the grandeur and geometric sophistication of the Alhambra as a powerful opening example, this program looks at Islamic culture in southern Spain following the Berber invasion of 711. Scholar Bettany Hughes talks with Professor Antonio Fernandez-Puertas of the University of Granada, who has studied Nasrid art and architecture for 40 years; with Professor Lauro Olmo Encisco of Alcala University in Madrid, an expert on the Visigothic site of Recopolis; and with Islamic historian Ali Raisuni, who posits noble motives behind Moorish expansion. These conversations, as well as the program's energetic visuals and helpful overviews of Islam's origins, yield valuable insight into the social, economic, scientific, and military dynamics of the period.
Online
2007
66.

The Moors [electronic resource]: Prelude to the Renaissance

Over seven centuries of Islamic rule, Spain became the cultural jewel of Europe. This program illustrates that flowering of art and science, placing the rebirth of classical learning in Andalusian rather than Italian cities. Writer Bettany Hughes speaks with Antonia Almagro of the Spanish National Research Council about the intellectual and aesthetic revelations a visitor from Florence or Venice might have experienced in Muslim Granada or Toledo. She also hears from historian Emilio Gonzales Ferrin, who contrasts the initial wave of Islamic settlers with more fundamentalist reinforcements brought up to defend against the Christian reconquest. Questions behind the identity of the Spanish hero Guzman El Bueno reflect these complexities within Islam.
Online
2007
67.

Caudillo [electronic resource]: History of Spanish Civil War

A superb documentary, using much footage hitherto unknown. This is a program that presents both sides of this still-controversial subject in its own words and using its own footage. The result is a solid lesson in history, a moving testimonial to the valor and romanticism of young men, and an indispensable tool for understanding modern Spanish literature and history.
Online
2007; 1980
68.

Gaudi [electronic resource]: Spirit of Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi was the enfant terrible of Catalan architecture-a genius whose Gothic inspiration and daring taste transformed Barcelona from a city evolving layer by layer and style by style from an ancient past into a dramatic statement of timeless individuality. Gaudi's architectural creations-park benches, buildings, the Cathedral-are relatively few in number but so powerful that they dominate the vistas and the mood of the city. Filmmaker Luis Bunuel imbues this program with the strange, intense, miraculous spirit of Gaudi as he covers both the scope and the individual detail of his architectural creations.
Online
2007; 1989
69.

Granada [electronic resource]

This program tells the story of Granada, which is the history of Spain encapsulated: the Moorish conquest and the Moorish presence-art, technology, military might, wealth, religious devotion, indecipherable inscriptions, all somewhat mysterious to the non-Islamic eye; and the Reconquista-an 800-year-long war that is seen here only in its after-effects, ruins and a sense of something ineffable, inexpressible, unattainable lost forever.
Online
2007; 1991
70.

Columbus [electronic resource]: The Lost Voyage

The true story of Christopher Columbus was not only one of victorious discovery; it was also marked by disaster, accusation, and betrayal. Only ten years after his discovery of the New World, Columbus languished in a Caribbean prison. There, awaiting the gallows, he plotted what he called his most treacherous voyage - one that ended with the loss of all of his ships and left Columbus and his crew shipwrecked with little hope of survival. This A&E Special brings to life the perilous catastrophes and dizzying triumphs of Columbus's fourth and final voyage as Martin Dugard - historian, explorer, and author of The Last Voyage of Columbus - follows in the wake of the great explorer to sites of discovery and disaster. Dramatic re-creations and interviews with local experts contribute to a [...]
Online
2007
71.

Soldiers Fight Through Destroyed Towns During the Spanish Civil War ca. 1938

The Spanish Civil War, which lasted from 1936 to 1939, pitted the leftist government, the Republic, against a nationalist force led by General Francisco Franco. The conflict became increasingly brutal, as Franco's forces began attacking open towns that held no military forces during their march toward Barcelona. The United States, France, and the United Kingdom remained officially neutral during the war, while the Soviet Union supported the Republic, and the fascist governments of Germany and Italy gave troops and equipment to Franco.
Online
2007; 1938
72.

Pedro Almodovar [electronic resource]

Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's ability to shock and provoke is legendary. In this program, the director traces his colorful career from obscure independent filmmaker, to his 1988 Oscar nomination for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and beyond. Using scenes from this and other major films-Folle, Folleme Tim; Pepi, Luci y Bom y Otras Chicas del Monton; Laberinto de Pasiones; Entre Tinieblas; Matador; Tacones Lejanos; and La Flor de Mi Secreto-Almodovar explores his unique creative perspective, particularly his frequent use of characters living on the fringes of traditional Spanish society. Due to the adult nature of Almodovar's films, this program is recommended for mature Spanish language students.
Online
2006; 1995
73.

Jose Ortega y Gasset [electronic resource]

This program presents the biography of Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset. A wealth of photos and archival footage help illustrate the extraordinary times in which Ortega lived, while Professor Jose Luis Molinuevo, director of the Centro de Estudios Orteguianos, discusses his important contributions to the realms of social and political philosophy. Particular attention is given to Ortega's Espana Invertebrada and La Rebelion de las Masas.
Online
2006; 2004
74.

Joaquin Rodrigo's Century [electronic resource]

Refined, luminous, and fundamentally optimistic, the music of Joaquin Rodrigo is a tribute to the rich and varied cultures of Spain. Filmed on location throughout Europe, this captivating program profiles the influential Spanish composer whose life spanned the 20th century and whose works set the standard for guitar technique in modern Spanish music. Performance clips from his Concierto de Aranjuez, Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, Concierto Andaluz, and other compositions let the music speak, while interviews with many who knew him-family members, fellow composers, musicians, biographers-provide a verbal counterpoint.
Online
2006; 2000
75.

En el Inicio de los Tiempos [electronic resource]

Starting with the birth of the universe, this program brings to light the geologic formation of the Iberian Peninsula, the flourishing of the dinosaurs, and the rise of humankind. Using extensive dramatization, En El Inicio de los Tiempos traces the advances of the earliest humans, rendering a detailed and highly plausible scenario of existence during the unrecorded chapters of human history. Maps and photos of archaeological artifacts provide additional insights into life during prehistoric times.
Online
2006; 2004
76.

De Altamira Al Til de Metal [electronic resource]

The discovery of the Altamira caves in the 19th century radically altered the popular perception of early human life on the planet. This program explores the world of the Paleolithic and Mesolithic peoples who called the Iberian Peninsula home. Images of artifacts, paintings, and archaeological sites reveal how the ancients of unrecorded history progressed from Stone Age to Bronze Age and from hunting/gathering to agriculture. In addition, re-creations of life in prehistoric times show how modern humans' ancestors worked-and expressed their artistic natures.
Online
2006; 2004
77.

Tarteso, el Reino Legendario de Argantonio [electronic resource]

The history of Tartessos, the first great mining economy of Iberia, is also a story of prosperity-and ruin. This program makes extensive use of dramatizations, images of artifacts, footage of ruins, maps, and 3-D re-creations of ships and buildings to illustrate the skilled craft of metalwork, science of navigation, spread of overseas trade, intersection of cultures, development of written language, and use of currency as history unfolded during that remarkable epoch.
Online
2006; 2004
78.

Las Grandes Potencias Se Disputan Iberia [electronic resource]

After the disappearance of Tartessos, other Iberian locales rose to prominence and flourished-until their successes drew the unwanted attention of rival civilizations. This program tracks the history of Iberia during the era of Carthaginian and Roman expansion. Paintings, dramatizations, and maps reconstruct the course of the Punic Wars. In addition, the characteristics and cultures of these embattled regions are examined through re-creations of everyday life, images of artifacts, and footage of ruins in Girona, Tarragona, Teruel, Galicia, Asturias, Soria, and Seville.
Online
2006; 2004
79.

Hispania, Un Producto de Roma [electronic resource]

This program chronicles Rome's conquest and protracted pacification of the Iberian Peninsula-and the subsequent Romanization of its peoples as Hispania was integrated into an empire united by Roman law, Roman language, and the remarkable Roman road. A wide range of visuals brings this era of warfare and uneasy peace to life, including dramatizations, 3-D computer animations, paintings, mosaics, sculptures, edifices, artifacts, maps, and ruins in Girona, Aragon, Cuenca, Soria, Cadiz, Seville, Cordoba, Asturias, and Burgos.
Online
2006; 2004
80.

Del Imperio Cristiano a los Reinos Barbaros [electronic resource]

This program charts the turbulent history of the Iberian Peninsula under the Romans and Visigoths. The feudalistic divide between landowners and farmers, the brutal suppression and subsequent legalization of Christianity, barbarian invasions and the disintegration of the western Roman Empire, Visigothic rule, and incursions by Muslim armies are described through dramatizations, maps, artifacts, paintings, and footage of early churches. Many 3-D computer re-creations-villas, an amphitheater, a church, and entire towns-are included as well.
Online
2006; 2004