ITALIAN 315 - Italian Cinema and Society Since 1945
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Italian is not required.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
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
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

No Syllabi are on file for ITALIAN 315. Click the button below to search for a different syllabus (UM login required)

Search for Syllabus
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Office of Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)