Postwar Italian Cinema
This course is designed as an overview of Italian cinema from 1945 to the present. We will consider such masterpieces as Rossellini’s Open City (1945), Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960), Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988), and Benigni’s Life is Beautiful (1997). Particular attention will be devoted to Italian cinematic auteurs (Rossellini, De Sica, Fellini, Visconti, Antonioni, and Pasolini) and to specific movements and trends, including Neorealism, comedies Italian style, political films, spaghetti westerns, and women’s cinema. The films will be analyzed in the context of Italian history, culture, and society. The basic understanding of the socio-historical conditions will allow us to consider the films’ formal qualities, such as sound, mise-en-scene, camera movements, editing, and so on, as well as their progress in time. The course objective is to become familiar with the evolution of Italian cinema and to develop a technical appreciation of film form and its language.