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Sevilla En Fiestas: A Semana Santa, la Feria

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A documentary depicting the colorful customs and events surrounding Holy Week and the April Festival in Seville.
VHS
1989
Ivy (By Request)
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ASI Son! [electronic resource]: Video Clip Collection

This collection of ten video clips centers on a group of young friends living in Madrid who share the ups and downs of daily life, juggling school work, social obligations, and romance. Using a situation-comedy format, the clips were specially created to help students understand casual, conversational Spanish. Viewers will learn numbers, introductions and common greetings, giving directions, ordering in a restaurant, and more. Clip duration is 6 minutes each.
Online
2008
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Fray Luis de Leon [electronic resource]: Intellectual Comprometido

Monastic scholar, theologian, and poet, Luis de Leon manifested a purity and quiet confidence that not even the Inquisition could resist. Filmed at salient locations around Spain, this program chronicles the life of Luis de Leon, using dramatizations; dozens of original manuscripts, documents, and first-editions; and readings from his written works, including key biblical commentaries, "De los Nombres de Cristo," and "La Perfecta Casada.
Online
2005; 1991
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La Espana Que Hereda Felipe II [electronic resource]

During the reign of Charles V, Philip II's father, Spain grew to be a truly global power. This program considers the far-flung empire that Philip first began inheriting during the final years of his father's regime: the kingdoms of Castille and Aragon, parts of Italy, lands in France, all of the Low Countries, and vast stretches of the Americas. RTVE's Salvador Pons, the director of the Felipe II series, is featured.
Online
2005; 1998
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El Principe Renacentista [electronic resource]

The Spain of Philip II's time was a place of great cultural accomplishment as some of history's most renowned writers, artists, and philosophers created works of lasting significance. This program looks at the Renaissance as it flourished in Spain during the 16th century and Philip's role in it as a scholar and patron of the arts. Fernando Checa, director of the Museo del Prado, is featured.
Online
2005; 1998
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La Sombra del Emperador [electronic resource]

Through military action or political alliance, the hand of Philip II's father, Charles V, lay heavily upon portions of the Old World, the New World, and the Far East-but the scope of his imperialistic scheme was thwarted by the inexorable political realities of the day. This program examines Philip's reign as he exercised his vast power in the shadow of the former Holy Roman Emperor. Economist Jose Rodriguez, of the London School of Economics and Political Science, is featured.
Online
2005; 1998
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La Familia del Rey [electronic resource]

Philip II was married to Maria of Portugal, Mary I of England, Elizabeth of France, and Anna of Austria. What were the ramifications of these courtly alliances? And why did Philip imprison his heir, Don Carlos, in favor of his younger son, the future Philip III? This program discusses the convoluted royal family of Philip II. Fernando Bouza, of the Universidad Complutense Madrid and author of Imagen y Propaganda: Capitulos de Historia Cultural del Reinado de Felipe II, is featured.
Online
2005; 1998
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La Guerra [electronic resource]

The story of Philip II's reign is a chronicle of invasion, intervention, suppression, and colonial expansion. This program evaluates the martial record of Philip II, ranging from his victories against France, Portugal, and the Ottoman Empire to the ignominious defeat of his "Invincible Armada," sent against England. Philip II biographer Geoffrey Parker, Adreas Dorpalen Professor of History at The Ohio State University and author of The Grand Strategy of Philip II, is featured.
Online
2005; 1998
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La Maquina del Estado [electronic resource]

Fervently pious, Philip II was the scourge of those called heretics and infidels-but his motives were not entirely due to his strong Roman Catholic faith. This program explores the interrelation of Church and State during Philip II's reign as he zealously championed the Counter-Reformation, albeit not without subverting even the Spanish Inquisition to his political aims. Antonio Escudero, founder and director of the Instituto de Historia de la Inquisicion, is featured.
Online
2005; 1998
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Justicia y Razon de Estado [electronic resource]

Viewed through the lens of time, Philip II was not the cruel tyrant portrayed by so many. In fact, his reign was generally just, but his bureaucratic absolutism, with its disregard for local conditions and privileges, inevitably caused discontent and even revolt. This program discusses the court of Philip II, an industrious king who loved justice yet was little disposed to clemency or forgetfulness of wrongs. Luis Marti Mingarro, dean of the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados, is featured.
Online
2005; 1998
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Escaping Franco [electronic resource]: From Danger Into Danger

This program documents the Spanish Civil War from the point of view of the Spaniards who went into exile as a result of it. Firsthand accounts of that brutal conflict and the cruel realities of life as a refugee are movingly described by a broad cross-section of survivors. Graphic newsreel footage accompanies their stories of destruction at home and escape to other countries: tales of separation, imprisonment, forced labor, and frontline action at the start of World War II, as well as-for some, at least-testimonials to the kindness of strangers.
Online
2005; 2002
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Holding on, Fighting Back [electronic resource]: Long Road Home to Spain

After the fall of France in World War II, the hardships of the Spanish Civil War refugees grew worse. In this program, survivors from those desperate days openly talk of their ordeals and victories: repression and reprisals in Franco's Spain; suffering in French internment camps; deportation to Nazi concentration camps; meritorious service with the French Resistance and Allied forces; and, after the war, their lives in exile until, after Franco's death, they could finally go home. Graphic newsreel footage places each story in context.
Online
2005; 2002
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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
2005; 2004
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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
15.

Antonio Munoz Molina [electronic resource]

An award-winning novelist and regular contributor to the newspaper El Pais, Antonio Munoz Molina is also the youngest member of the Spanish Royal Academy. This program presents an in-depth interview with Molina. The writer discusses a number of works from across his career, including Der Putsch, Der Nie Stattfand; Beltenebros; Los Misterios de Madrid; and Ardor Guerrero.
Online
2005; 2004
16.

Ariel Dorfman [electronic resource]

Forced to flee Chile after the military coup in 1973, Ariel Dorfman has focused his writing on the trials of tyranny and exile. This program looks at how he has fought for human rights as a novelist, playwright, essayist, journalist, and professor of literature and Latin American studies. Many of the works of this multi-genre author are examined, including Death and the Maiden, his successful play which was turned into an international film by Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski.
Online
2005; 2004
17.

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
18.

Toledo [electronic resource]

It is said that to know the history of Toledo is to know the history of Spain. Using beautiful aerial and ground-level photography, this timeless program traces the chronology of that unique city, beginning with its mythical origins. Toledo's successive places in the Celtic, Roman, Visigothic, Moorish, Castilian, and modern Spanish civilizations are all explored. In addition, the city's status as a cradle of European learning and a religious melting pot is examined, as well as its role in the Inquisition. Numerous architectural landmarks such as the Alcazar are featured.
Online
2006; 1989
19.

Tradiciones Navidenas [electronic resource]

With the former Convent at the Desierto de los Leones as the backdrop, this program lets viewers take part in a traditional posada. The songs, the piñata, the litany, the lights, and the candlelit walks through the historic buildings and grounds bring this special Christmas fiesta to life.
Online
2005; 1991
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Antoni Gaudi [electronic resource]

Over the course of his career, Antoni Gaudi translated the gothic revival style into a sensuous, surreal, and highly idiosyncratic design language that established him as the leader within the Spanish art nouveau movement. Using location footage, drawings, and archival photos and film, this program places Gaudi within the context of his profession and his times. His Colonia Guell, Parq Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, and Sagrada Familia are featured.
Online
2006; 2000