A course about the Italian cinema and filmakers
The Italian cinema course is designed for those students who love Italian cinema and for those who want to learn about contemporary Italy and Italian culture.
The Italian cinema course aims to provide a description of Italian cinema as a manifestation of the culture of the country.
During course will examine some aspects of the Italian cinema with reference to the problems and social features of contemporary Italy, literature and other visual arts and with a viewing and stylistic analyses of important scenes.
The analysis will focus mainly on the following Italian films:
- Mine Vaganti, by Ferzan Opztek. The theme of homosexuality and acceptance by Italian society and, in particular, by the society of South Italy.
- Malena, by Giuseppe Tornatore. The role of women in the society of the South Italy and how it has changed in history.
- I Cento Passi, by Marco Tullio Giordana. Sociological analysis of the Mafia.
- La Grande Bellezza, by Paolo Sorrentino and the Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini. Sociological and comparative analysis between the two films.
- Terra Ferma, by Emanuele Crialese. Analysis of the issue of immigration and integration of the immigrants.
- Perfetti sconosciuti, by Paolo Genovese. An in-depth look at the dynamics of the couple and the Italian family.
- Smetto quando voglio, by Sydney Sibilia. Funny comedy about the precarious youth work mode and the Italian ability of “arrangiarsi”.
The program about the Italian cinema course can be personalized. If a student is particularly interested in a cinematic movement, in a director or in a particular work, the course can focus entirely on that topic.
The course can focus also on Neorealism, a cinematic phenomenon that deeply influenced the ideological and aesthetic rules of film art or the course can concentrate on the films that mark the decline of Neorealism and the talent of “new” auteurs such as Fellini and Antonioni.
During the course there will be a class discussion based on the readings that are assigned and on personal opinions of the students. Film is a fantastic vehicle to analyze and understand Italian Culture and Society.
Starting dates: every 2 weeks
Duration: 1 or more weeks;
– 20 hours of Italian intensive course + 5 hours in mini-groups or individual of Italian cinema course per week
– 20 hours of Italian intensive course + 10 hours in mini-groups or individual of Italian cinema course per week
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