ITAL322 - ITALIAN CINEMA: Masterpieces of Italian Cinema

The course will consist of a broad and varied sampling of classic Italian films from WWII to the present. The curriculum will be divided into four units: (1) The Neorealist Revolution, (2) Metacinema, (3) Fascism and War Revisited, and (4) Postmodernism or the Death of the Cinema. One of the aims of the course will be to develop a sense of "cinematic literacy"--to develop critical techniques that will make us active interpretators of the cinematic image by challenging the expectations that Hollywood has implanted in us: that films be action-packed wish-fulfillment fantasies. Italian cinema will invite us to re-examine and revise the very narrow conception that we Americans have of the medium. We will also use the films as a means to explore the postwar Italian culture so powerfully reflected, and in turn, shaped, by its national cinema. Classes will include close visual analysis of films using video clips and slides. The films will be in Italian with English subtitles and will include works of Fellini, Antonioni, De Sica, Visconti, Pasolini, Wertuller, Rossellini, Rossellini, Bertolucci and Moretti. Students will be asked actively to participate in class discussion, and to write a series of critical papers keyed to the units around which the course will be organized. Substantial Writing Component.
Section 401 - LEC
Italian cinema represents a foundational experience in Western cinema, and contemporary directors all over the world have built upon its legacy. In this course we will explore masterpieces of Italian cinema, from the silent era to the most recent wave of new directors who have won international reputation, such as Sorrentino and Garrone. We will investigate how Italian cinema has developed throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing particularly on masters such as Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, Fellini, Antonioni, Pasolini, Cavani, Bertolucci, Germi, Giordana e Benigni. The style of these most famous auteurs will be studied in detail in their masterpieces, analyzing different genres and movements, from the epic to neorealism, from comedy Italian style to political cinema. A history of Italian cinema will be traced in relation to its cultural and socio-political context. The course will be taught in English.
R 0130PM-0430PM