Taught in English. A survey of Italian Cinema from the mid-Forties to the present, through some celebrated classics such as Bicycle Thieves by De Sica and La dolce vita by Fellini, but also through less-known works representative of crucial changes in the depiction of gender relations, the Mafia, migration, and the modernization of the country. The readings will complement the screenings and help debate questions of socio-cultural context, storytelling, realism, humor, social satire, Hollywood-style and independent filmmaking, etc. Students will be required to attend screenings of films to be discussed. Meets with LIT 423.1.
Course-related fee: A fee will be billed from Syracuse University to cover the cost of entry fees and cinema tickets for a major international film festival and related costs (2017–2018 fee = $380).