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First-Year Experience 2013-2014

Global and Regional Studies



GRS 095B ~ Post-World War II Italian Cinema
CRN: 94076

Instructor: Antonello Borra Associate Professor of Italian More . . .

From Giovanni Pastrone's masterpiece Cabiria, dating back to 1914, to post-WW II Neorealism and late 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, Italian cinema has been a constant source of inspiration for the greatest filmmakers of all time and contemporary American directors like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, who have recognized their own debt to the work of their Italian colleagues. In fact, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Pier Paolo Pasolini are directors whose influence well transcends national boundaries and whose accomplishments are among the most representative of the history of the medium. This course will concentrate on some of the most celebrated movies, classics like Open City and The Bicycle Thief, as well as movies less known to the American public but just as influential like Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle of Algiers or Francesco Rosi's Salvatore Giuliano. Each week we will concentrate on a different filmmaker and work on a specific movie analyzing its historical, cultural, as well as cinematic peculiarities together with its relationship to other films by the same director. Students will watch the movies on their own time while class will be devoted to short lectures and discussions. Students will be asked to read critical material relevant to the history of Italian cinema in particular, but at the same time reflect in a more personal way on the narrative structures of the individual films.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course
Meets: TR 10:00am-11:15am

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