Italian Studies 298. Experimental Courses
Introduction to Italian Cinema
The aim of this course is to provide an overview of Italian cinema and of its most significant movements, authors and genres. By discussing and analyzing the evolution and eventual dissolution of Italian Neorealism, we will see how both art film and popular cinema reflect the radical changes in post WWII Italian society and how those changes contributed to the development of a new aesthetics of film as well as to a new definition of Italian cultural identity. By the end of the semester students will be able to both place a film in its historical context and to analyze it through a close reading of its audio-visual elements and its narrative structure.