A study of the characteristics of Italian contemporary culture through the viewing of emblematic films such as The Bicycle Thief, Roma Città Aperta, La Dolce Vita,C’eravamo tanto amati, Night of the Shooting Stars, Christ Stopped at Eboli, The Garden of Fizzi-Contini, Cinema Paradiso and Caro Diario. Several topics pertaining to historical, social and economic developments of contemporary Italy are discussed, such as fascism, the power and influence of the Catholic Church, attitudes towards women, political instability, rural poverty, the uneasy relationship between north and south, organized crime and the mafia, mass media and communication. In addition to the discussion of cultural topics, the analysis of film dialogues also enhances the student’s linguistic proficiency in Italian. This course is taught in English.
In Rome, this course is cross-listed with Art History 1148 and English 2712. Students who wish to take an additional credit hour in Italian should enroll in 4240 if they meet the prerequisites.