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Rome, Italy

Topics in Italian Cinema and Literature: Italian Culture through Film

Global Temple Conference

Course Number: 
3240
Department: 
Italian
Semester(s) Offered: 
Fall 2018
Spring 2019
Spring 2018
Credit Hours: 
3
Description: 

A study of the characteristics of Italian contemporary culture through the viewing of emblematic films such as The Bicycle ThiefRoma Città ApertaLa Dolce Vita,C’eravamo tanto amatiNight of the Shooting StarsChrist Stopped at EboliThe Garden of Fizzi-ContiniCinema 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. Although taught in English, the analysis of film dialogues enhances the student’s linguistic proficiency in Italian. 

Special Notes: 

Taught in English.

Cross-listings: 

Cross-listed with Art History 1148, English 2712, and Italian 4240.