Modern Italy on the Silver Screen: 1960--2015|
Fall 2020 not offered
This course is an introduction to modern Italian culture through the lens of Italian cinema. Beginning in the postwar era, we will look at the radical transformations that have shaped contemporary Italy by examining the aesthetic and narrative trends of the silver screen. Italian cinema holds an important place in global film culture, giving rise to new artistic forms (from neorealism to spaghetti westerns and arthouse slashers) that have dramatically impacted foreign and domestic sensibilities. Among the films screened are Fellini's La dolce vita, Pasolini's Mamma Roma, De Sica's Matrimonio all'italiana, Leone's Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Argento's Suspiria, Moretti's Caro diario, Ozpetek's Saturno contro, and Giordana's Quando sei nato non puoi pił nasconderti. Each film screening is accompanied by a brief presentation of the socio-historical context in which it was produced, allowing students to situate the artistic projects within broader Italian social and political histories. By the end of the term students will have an understanding of the last half-century of Italian national history and will be familiar with key terms in film theory and analysis. This course is taught in English; films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(ITST)(RMST)
F. Fellini, LA DOLCE VITA
P.P. Pasolini, MAMMA ROMA
V. De Sica, MATRIMONIO ALL'ITALIANA
S. Leone, IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO
D. Argento, SUSPIRIA
N. Moretti, CARO DIARIO
F. Ozpetek, SATURNO CONTRO
M.T. Giordana, QUANDO SEI NATO NON PUOI PIU' NASCONDERTI
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Oral presentation, midterm exam, discussion questions, final exam, project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will be expected to the see the films before the class meeting in which they are discussed. There will be a variety of delivery methods, including at least one screening that the instructor will organize.
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