ITALIAN 315 - Italian Cinema and Society Since 1945
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Italian is not required.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Focusing on the post-WWII period, we will examine the controversial poetic and political claims of neorealism (De Sica, Zavattini, Visconti), the commercially successful modern productions of the 1960s and 1970s, which addressed crucial moments of Italian political and cultural history, from Fascism (Bertolucci, Cavani, Fellini) to the radical changes following the nation's economic boom affecting social structure and life (Pasolini, Olmi) as well as gender relationships (Antonioni, Wertmüller). The course will also look at two highly profitable film genres, Italian western and terror films (Leone, Argento, Bava), which over the years have become object of international cult. Finally, we will study the 1990s consolidation of authorship, in its various facets: male comedy (Salvatores), Sicilian cinephilia (Tornatore), immigrants' drama (Amelio), and Holocaust subversion (Benigni).

The class has no final exam. Instead, there will be three assignments that must be satisfactorily completed in order to pass and receive credit for the course. These assignments consist of four one-page film diaries, related to feature films watched in class; a mid-term in-class exam; and a 10/12-page research paper on any subject related to Italian film culture, chosen by the individual student in consultation with the instructor.

ITALIAN 315 - Italian Cinema and Society Since 1945
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001 (LEC)
 
27389
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
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27906
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Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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