Spanish cinema started in Catalonia with two important schools: the realistic school led by Fructuós Gelabert; and the fantastic trend represented by Segundo de Chomón. After the silence forced upon Catalan cinema during Franco's dictatorship in the 40's and 50's, it started to regain an important role in the film industry with the Barcelona School in the mid 60's.
Presently Catalan Cinema enjoys a strong recognition thanks to the works of well-known Catalan directors such as Bigas Luna, Ventura Pons and Isabel Coixet, among others. Class meets once a week for three hours. Graduate students are in charge of twenty minutes film introductions and discussion moderation after the film. Films are shown in the original language (Catalan or Castilian) w/ English subtitles.