SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Summer 2010, Section 201 - Screening Italian Americans: From Mobsters and Latin Lovers to Jersey Shore's Guidos and Guidette's
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Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Screening Italian Americans looks at the long history of representations of Italian-Americans in American cinema and television. We will study the history of this tradition from The Black Hand (1906), the first gangster film, through superstar Rodolfo Valentino's 1920's romantic plots, the early 1930's classic gangster movies, the family melodramas of the 1950s and 1960s, and into the 1990s and 2000s, with filmic and televisual off-springs of The Godfather (1972) such as Goodfellas (1990), The Sopranos (1999-2007), and Jersey Shore (2009-). We will examine such cinematic issues as racial and gender typecasting, racial mimesis, and the role of violence, sexuality, and melodrama as popular vectors of visual and narrative entertainment.


SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
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201 (LEC)
 In Person
Tu 12:00PM - 6:00PM

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