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ITA 402 L’italiano al cinema: from Post-Neorealism to the Present (3 credits)

This course investigates major films as both aesthetic and cultural objects. It will introduce major directors, movements, and genres in Italian cinema from World War II to the present. We will study both "film d’autore" (Visconti, De Sica, Fellini, Scola, Risi, Monicelli) and "nuovi registi" (Bellocchio, Giordana, Muccino). We will analyze typically Italian historical drama, "commedia all’ italiana" and postmodern pastiche and explore contemporary social issues such as regional, ethnic and gender diversity. We will read literary sources, screenplays and film criticism. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite ITA 301-302 or permission of the instructor. Pending GER/GEP Art/Lit approval.