Topics in Film Studies: Italian Cinema


Italian cinema ranks among the great European--and world--cinematic traditions. After a brief review of the early decades of Italian film, this course will focus on the first two decades of post-war cinema, beginning with neo-realism, continuing through the boom years of the 1950s, and ending with the new introspection of the 1960s. Looking at the movies of five great directors, Rossellini, De Sica, Fellini, Antonioni, and Visconti, the course will consider their evolving aesthetic and their engagement with both History writ large and the social and political issues that informed Italian life as the nation struggled to reinvent itself in the aftermath of Fascism and the Second World War. Readings include brief essays on the movies studied and some of their literary sources. Two short exams plus a final exam. Course conducted in English.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; FA HUM; AR HUM

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