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Modern Italy Through Film

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 20, 2014 - August 09, 20143M-F 3P-5POpenSuzanne Stewart-Steinberg10399

Course Description

Italy has a long and important film history, one recognized throughout the world: Rossellini, Bertolucci, Fellini, De Sica, Antonioni, Visconti and many others " all of them have contributed in important ways to international, global cinema. At the same time, these directors have also been deeply engaged with the exploration of what it means to be Italian; they, in their films, explored these questions.

In this course, we will watch some of the classics of Italian cinema and discuss together their meaning and impact. We will learn through these films about modern Italian history: the impact of fascism and resistance against it, along with the struggles that have accompanied building a civil society after the end of World War II. Simultaneously, we will learn about film criticism: how to talk intelligently about the movies we see.


This course is only open to students enrolled in Pre-College Global Programs.

**When registering in Banner, students must enroll in "Ancient Rome: Archaeology & Civic Life" (CRN 10397) OR "Secrets & Symbols of Roman Art & Architecture" (CRN 10398) AND “Beginning Italian” (CRN 10370) AND one Humanities course option: “Modern Italy Through Film” (CRN 10399) or “Digital Photography" (CRN 10400).