SAC 358 - Italian Film: History, Art, Entertainment
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ITALIAN 358.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Throughout its history, Italian cinema has achieved popular success and critical recognition by consistently engaging with such international cinematic conventions as realism, the art film, and genre productions. And it has done so by correlating both high art forms (i.e. opera, music, literature, and painting) and popular entertainments (i.e. circus, burlesque, and vernacular theatre) with intense political goals. 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 contemporary articulation of film authorship, in its various facets: male comedy, Sicilian cinéphilia, immigrants’ dramas, Holocaust subversion, crime/Mafia narratives, and high-fashion romances.

Course Requirements:

Readings (2 essays per week), film viewing, discussions, midterms, final research paper of 10-12 pages.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed to attract both SAC majors and non-majors. Students pursuing the Global Media Studies (SAC) minor will also take interest in this course.

Class Format:

Two 1.5 hour lectures and one 3 hour film screening lab per week.

SAC 358 - Italian Film: History, Art, Entertainment
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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