History of Italian Cinema

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ITAL261 History of Italian Cinema I

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisite: None

This course is a survey of Italian cinema from the early forties to the present. It analyzes works by a number of different directors, including well known films such as Rossellini’s Open City or Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, but also minor and non-commercial films representative of sociopolitical trends in the Italian culture of the time. Students are provided with tools required for critical reading of visual texts, including some cinematic terminology and language and a recent bibliography on the subject. Special attention is devoted to the phenomenon of Neorealism in film, where individual talents seemed to coalesce around a common political and aesthetic project, the best examples being Rossellini, De Sica, and Visconti. Students view about ten films on videotape, both in English and Italian with subtitles. The format includes lectures, screenings, and in-class discussions.

(See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2016 (Tina Fallani)

ITAL470 History of Italian Cinema II

Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisite: None

This course is a continuation of the survey of Italian cinema from the early forties to the present. The selection of films is based on two major concepts: films as works of art and directors as “auteurs.” Special emphasis is placed on the works of Antonioni, Fellini, and Bertolucci. Students view about ten films on videotape, both in English and Italian with subtitles. The format includes lectures, screenings, and in-class discussions.

(See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 (Tina Fallani)