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Spring 2013-2014
* ITA 310 / VIS 443 (LA)  

Topics in Modern Italian Cinema - The New Italian Cinema (in English)

Gaetana Marrone-Puglia
Giovanni Riotta

This course looks at the way Italy has expressed its cultural, political, and social individuality in major cinematic works from the 1980s to the present. Directors such as Bertolucci, Moretti, Tornatore, Ozpetek, and Benigni offer a panorama of a generation of filmmakers that has contributed to the renewal of Italian cinema. Topics will be drawn from current issues, and will include the Holocaust and questions of memory, terrorism, political violence, migration, gender ideologies, the Mafia. Emphasis on film style and techniques.

Sample reading list:
F. Ozpetek, His Secret Life
G. Tornatore, Cinema Paradiso
G. Salvatores, Mediterraneo
R. Benigni, Life is Beautiful
R. Saviano, Gomorrah
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50 pages of selected readings per week. Attendance at one film screening per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
No knowledge of Italian is required to enroll. Course open to freshman. No film screening the first Tuesday of classes. Precept 2 is in Italian.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41165 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm W   East Pyne Building   111   Enrolled:6 Limit:30
41164 F01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   East Pyne Building   010   Enrolled:6 Limit:30
41166 P01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm W   East Pyne Building   111   Enrolled:6 Limit:15
41167 P02 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm M        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled