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