Taught in English. Survey of Italian cinema since 1945. Analyzes major works by Italian directors, considering the evolution of Italian cinema as an art form and a reflection of major social and political problems in post-war Italy. Through celebrated classics such as Bicycle Thieves by De Sica and La dolce vita by Fellini, but also through less-known works, explore 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 pictures to be discussed. Meets with LIT 423.
Course-related fee: A fee will be charged to cover the cost of a study tour to a major international film festival (2018–2019 fee = $350).
Semesters: Fall, Spring