SAC 441 - National Screens
Section: 203 Italian Cinema
Term: SU 2013
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
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SAC 230 or 236 or 360.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Throughout its history, Italian cinema has inspired aesthetic innovations and theoretical reflections by consistently engaging with such international cinematic conventions as realism, the art film, and genre productions. And it has done so by correlating national and regional high art forms (i.e., opera, music, literature, and painting) and plebeian entertainment forms (i.e., circus, vaudeville, burlesque, dialect theatre, and popular songs) with politically motivated needs to explore and revisit the country’s history and identity. Focusing on the post-WWII period, this course looks at Italian cinema from a number of perspectives: political, commercial, social, and aesthetic. Firstly, we will examine the controversial poetic and political claims of neorealism (De Sica, Zavattini, Visconti). Secondly, we will look at 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 cinéphilia (Tornatore), immigrants’ drama (Amelio), and Holocaust subversion (Benigni).

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SAC 441 - National Screens
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203 (LEC)
Th 1:00PM - 6:00PM
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