This course focuses on the world of Italian Cinema. It is a general analysis of postwar cinema and a parallel social history of this period using film as "decoded historical evidence." In the first part of the class discussion will focus on Neorealism, a cinematic phenomenon that deeply influenced the ideological and aesthetic rules of film art. The second part of the course will concentrate on the films that mark the decline of Neorealism and the talent of "new" auteurs such as Fellini and Antonioni. The last part of the course is devoted to the cinema from the 1970's to the present. The class will also analyze the different aspects of “Film Making” both in Italian and the U.S. industry.
This is a course where student participation is fundamental. Each week a different group of students will be giving an oral presentation of the film that was viewed the week before. The instructor will add information to the presentation and there will be a class discussion based on the readings that were assigned and on personal opinions of the students. Film is a fantastic vehicle to analyze and understand Italian Culture and Society.
This course is intended for students that are interested in Film and Italian Culture.