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. Although taught in English, the analysis of film dialogues enhances the student’s linguistic proficiency in Italian.
Students registered for Italian 4240 are required to complete written assignments and exams in Italian, read from original texts, and communicate with the instructor in Italian. This option, for which a fourth credit hour is given, is for students taking the course for the Italian major or minor, or for those students who want to work in Italian.
Five college-level semesters of Italian with a minimum grade of C- (at Temple: ITAL 2096, ITAL 2041 or ITAL 2501), or equivalent
Note that this is the same course description as Art History 1148/English 2712/Italian 3240, but students who register for Italian 4240 have an additional contact hour per week.