Italian cinema course
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 cinema course aims at a stylistic analysis of the most interesting films of the Italian cinema and different topics will be examined as social problems of the current Italian society (also with reference to literature topics).
In order to spur the conversation on the selected topics, some scenes from the most important films are chosen, interviews with famous protagonists are read and their acting performance is assessed. A part of the course is also linked to grammatical work, since emphasis is placed on understanding what has been read as well as exploring new grammatical structures. The Italian film strongly reflects the linguistic development of everyday language. The cinema language is a dynamic and committed language, a language that perfectly represents the further developments of colloquial Italian.
The Italian cinema, a way to analyze society 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 phenomenon that had a deep influence on the ideological and aesthetic rules of cinema art. The course can also concentrate on the films of Fellini and Antonioni that marked the decline of Neorealism.
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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