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Culture fact
Puerto Rican-born entertainer
Rita Moreno is the only female
artist to have won the Oscar,
Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Awards.

Language fact
When the Spanish conquistador
Hernán Cortés arrived in Mexico
in 1519, the Aztecs welcomed
him because they believed him
to be Quetzalcóatl, a god who
according to legend was to one
day return to the Aztecs
from the east.

The fateful meeting between
Cortes and Aztec King
Moctezuma II.

Language fact
Cinco de Mayo celebrates
the Mexican victory over the
French at the battle of Pueblo
on May 5, 1862. The Mexican
army was able to defeat the
French army that was three
times as large and much
better equipped.

Latin American history:

Language tip
The U.S.-Mexican War ended
with the Treaty of Guadalupe
Hidalgo, in which Mexico
gave up 55% of its land in
exchange for $15 million.
This land today forms parts
of the U.S. states of Texas,
Colorado, Wyoming, New
Mexico & Arizona and the
entire states of Utah,
Nevada & California.

Culture fact
St. Augustine, Florida --
founded by Don Pedro
Menendez de Aviles in
1565 -- was the first permanent
European settlement on the
North American continent.
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Spanish Language Cinema

Spanish Cinema
Spanish Cinema for Conversation, by Mary Gill, Deana Smalley, et al., 232 p. (2002)
Spanish National Cinema, by Nuria Triana-Toribio, 224 p. (2003)
Contemporary Spanish Cinema, by Barry Jordan, Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas, 250 p. (1998)
Spanish Popular Cinema, by Antonio Lazaro Reboll, Andrew Willis, eds., 256 p. (2004)
Gender and Spanish Cinema, by Steven Marsh, Parvati Nair, eds.,288 p. (2005)
Guide to the Cinema of Spain, by Marvin D'Lugo, 304 p. (1997)
Stars and Masculinities in Spanish Cinema: From Banderas to Bardem, by Christopher Perriam, 221 p. (2003)

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Latin American Cinema
A Companion to Latin American Film, by Stephen M. Hart, 240 p. (2004)
Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America,  new ed., by John King, 320 p. (2000)
Latin American Cinema: Essays on Modernity, Gender and National Identity, by Lisa Shaw, Stephanie Dennison, eds., 228 p. (2005)
New Latin American Cinema: Studies of National Cinemas, by Michael T. Martin, ed., 480 p. (1997)
Mexico's Cinema: A Century of Film and Filmmakers, by David R. Maciel, 313 p. (1999)
Mexican Cinema: Reflections Of A Society, 1896 - 2003, by Carl J. Mora, 312 p. (2005)
Mexican National Cinema, by Andrea Noble, 224 p. (2005)
Women Filmmakers in Mexico: The Country of Which We Dream, by Elissa Rashkin, 320 p. (2001)
The Film Industry in Argentina: An Illustrated Cultural History, by Jorge Finkielman, 278 p. (2003)
Cuban Cinema, by Michael Chanan, 538 p. (2004)
The Cuban Filmography, 1897 Through 2001, by Alfonso J. Garcia Osuna, , 224 p. (2003)

Hispanics and Hollywood Film
Hispanics in Hollywood, by Luis Reyes, 550 p. (2000)
Heroes, Lovers, and Others: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood, by Clara E. Rodriguez, 256 p. (2004)
Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, & Resistance, by Charles Ramirez Berg, 314 p. (2002)
Hollywood's Latin Lovers: Latino, Italian and French Men Who Make the Screen Smolder, by Victoria Thomas, 144 p. (1998)
Brown Celluloid: Latino/a Film Icons and Images in the Hollywood Film Industry, by Frank Javier Garcia Berumen, 390 p. (2003)
Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media, by Clara Rodriguez, ed., 324 p. (1997)

Specific Directors
Pedro Almodovar: Interviews, by Pedro Almodovar, Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, 208 p. (2004)
A Spanish Labyrinth: The Films of Pedro Almodovar, by Mark Allinson, 208 p. (2001)
Almodovar on Almodovar, by Pedro Almodovar, Frederic Strauss, ed., 187 p. (1995)
Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar, by Paul Julian Smith, 240 p. (2000)
The Films of Luis Bunuel: Subjectivity and Desire, by Peter William Evans, 224 p. (1995)
An Unspeakable Betrayal: Selected Writings of Luis Bunuel, by Luis Bunuel, Garrett White, trans., 277 p. (2002)
Bunuel and Mexico: The Crisis of National Cinema, by Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz, 202 p. (2003)
Bu˝uel: 100 Years: It's Dangerous to Look Inside, by Enrique Camacho, Javier Perez Bazo, et al., 344 p. (2002)
The Discreet Art of Luis Bunuel: A Reading of His Films, by Gwynne Edward. (1995)
Indecent Exposures: Bunuel, Saura, Erice & Almodovar, by Gwynne Edwards, 223 p. (1995)
The Films of Carlos Saura, by Marvin D'Lugo, 264 p. (1991)
Carlos Saura: Interviews, by Carlos Saura, Linda M. Willem, ed., 208 p. (2003)

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History of Spanish-speaking peoples

The Story of Spain: The Dramatic History of Europe's Most Fascinating Country, by Mark R. Williams, 344 p. (2004)
A History of Spain, by Simon Barton, 302 p. (2004)
The History of Spain, by Peter Pierson, 248 p. (1998)
The Regions of Spain, by Robert W. Kern, 448 p. (1995)
A Vanished World: Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment, by Chris Lowney, 336 p. (2005)
The Spanish Inquisition: A History, by Joseph Perez, Janet Lloyd, trans., 256 p. (2005)
The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision, by Henry Kamen, 392 p. (1999)
The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature, and Empire in Early Modern Spain, by Ricardo Padron, 302 p. (2004)
Spain the Age Of Exploration, 1492-1819, by Chiyo Ishikawa, 240 p. (2004)
The Independence of Spanish America, by Jaime E. Rodríguez, 292 p. (1998)
The Spanish Civil War, by Antony Beevor, 320 p. (2001)
Fascism in Spain, 1923-1977, by Stanley G. Payne, 601 p. (1999)
The Phoenix: Franco Regime 1936-1975, by Stanley G. Payne, 677 p. (2000)
The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World, by Carlos Fuentes, 400 p. (1999)
The New Spaniards, by John Hooper, 496 p. (1995)

Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History, by Susan Toby Evans, 608 p. (2004)
Mexico's Indigenous Past, by Alfredo Lopez Austin, Leonardo López Lujan, 398 p. (2005)
A Brief History of Mexico, by Lynn V. Foster, 304 p. (2004)
The Course of Mexican History, by Michael C. Meyer, William L. Sherman, Susan M. Deeds, 742 p. (2002)
The Oxford History of Mexico, by Michael C. Meyer, William H. Beezley, eds., 709 p. (2000)
Mexico: Volume 2, The Colonial Era, by Alan Knight, 374 p. (2002)
Zapata and the Mexican Revolution, by John Womack, Jr., 480 p. (1970)
A Traveller's History of Mexico, by Kenneth Pearce, 388 p. (2001)
The Mexican Nation: Historical Continuity and Modern Change, by Douglas W. Richmond, 432 p. (2001)

Latin America

The Legacy of Mesoamerica: History and Culture of a Native American Civilization, by Robert M. Carmack, 494 p. (1995)
Latin America: A Concise Interpretive History, 7th ed., by E. Bradford Burns, Julie A. Charlip, 378 p. (2001)
A History of Latin America: C. 1450 to the Present, by Peter Bakewell, 640 p. (2003)
From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969, by Eric Williams, 608 p. (1984)
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, by Eduardo H. Galeano, Cedric Belfrage, trans., 317 p. (1998)
Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History, by Kenneth Mills, William B. Taylor, Sandra Lauderdale Graham, 471 p. (2002)
The Women of Colonial Latin America, by Susan Migden Socolow, 252 p. (2000)
The Economic History of Latin America since Independence, by Victor Bulmer-Thomas, 506 p. (2003)
Politics of Latin America: The Power Game, by Harry E. Vanden, Gary Prevost, 542 p. (2001)
Progress, Poverty and Exclusion: An Economic History of Latin America in the Twentieth Century, by Rosemary Thorp, 370 p. (1998)
Beneath the United States: A History of U.S. Policy Toward Latin America, by Lars Schoultz, 476 p. (1998)
The Invention of Argentina, by Nicolas Shumway, 352 p. (1993)
A New Economic History of Argentina, by Gerardo della Paolera, Alan M. Taylor, eds., 416 p. (2003)
A Concise History of Bolivia, by Herbert S. Klein, 336 p. (2003)
My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile, by Isabel Allende, 224 p. (2003)
A Nation of Enemies: Chile Under Pinochet, by Pamela Constable, Arturo Valenzuela, 368 p. (1993)
Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society, by Frank Safford, Marco Palacios, 404 p. (2001)
Cuba: A New History, by Richard Gott, 400 p. (2004)
Unfinished Conquest: The Guatemalan Tragedy, by Victor Perera, Daniel Chauche, photog., 297 p. (1995)
Nicaragua, 4th ed., by Thomas Walker, 256 p. (2003)

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