• Course Description:

    This course provides a historical introduction to Italian cinema, concentrating on examples of classical genres and movements, such as the early silent epic, the classics of neorealism, auteurs of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, the commedia all’italiana (comedy, Italian style), and the spaghetti Western. We will examine issues of cinematic representation and production, and societal values (e.g., gender, family relations, and national identity vs. local cultures), while refining close-analysis skills. No knowledge of Italian is required.