This course analyzes Italian films that span from 1946 to 2020, and examines how several filmmakers engage with the representation of family relations to explore political conflicts, cultural changes, and social tensions in Italy between the end of World War II and today. Students will explore the rich repertoire of Italian filmmaking centered on configurations of motherhood, fatherhood, and brotherhood and how these films interpret and investigate the (often-divided) identity of Italy in the last 70 years. Some of the topics we will discuss are the legacy of Fascism; the rise of civil and political violence during the so-called "years of lead" (ANNI DI PIOMBO); the recent challenges in contemporary Italy such as immigration, gender and racial discrimination, and the role of social media. Both well-known directors (such as Pier Paolo Pasolini and Marco Tullio Giordana) and emerging filmmakers are featured for coverage. The course will also work collaboratively with the Italian Film Festival of Saint Louis in the development of materials, class discussion, and student engagement. Taught in English. No prior knowledge of Italian language or culture is required to enroll in this course. All films have English subtitles. No final.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; FA HUM