ITAL300 - TOPICS: ITALIAN CULTURE: FASCISM IN ITALIAN CINEMA (1943-PRESENT)

Section Description: 
Focusing on films made after 1943, this course proposes a contextualized survey of the representations of fascism in Italian cinema after the fall of the regime. The purpose of the course is to engage students with a set of crucial historiographical problems for the understanding of the Italian postwar culture – including trauma, memory, and reconciliation – through a representative selection of historical films that have approached the fascist ventennio (twenty-year rule) throughout the postwar period. The course will explore the ways in which the memory of fascism resonates with the evolving political, social, and cultural climate in Italy after WWII, by looking at exemplary instantiations of these tensions in a variety of films including Rome, Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), The Conformist (1970), Mediterraneo (1991), and Life is Beautiful (1997). This course also wants to allow students to learn and sharpen methods, terminologies, and tools needed for the critical analysis of film. There will be precise attention paid to formal and stylistic techniques in editing, mise-en-scène, cinematography, and sound, as well as to the narrative, non-narrative, and generic organizations of film. Requirements will include weekly readings, an analytical essay, a final exam, weekly Canvas postings, active participation in class discussion, and, of course, the attentive viewing of each week’s film. The course will be taught in English.
Instructors: 
LESNIK, PETER
Day and Time: 
CANCELED
Section ID: 
ITAL300401
Title (text only): 
TOPICS: ITALIAN CULTURE: FASCISM IN ITALIAN CINEMA (1943-PRESENT)
Subject Area: 
ITAL
Term: 
2018C
Term Session: 
0
Activity: 
SEM
Course Number Only: 
300
Section Number Only: 
401
Cross Listings: 
    Status: 
    X
    Course ID: 
    ITAL300