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GRS 095A ~ Post-World War II Italian Cinema

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

From Giovanni Pastrone's masterpiece Cabiria, dating back to 1914, to post-WW II Neorealism and the 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, Italian cinema has been a constant source of inspiration for the greatest filmmakers and contemporary American directors. For example, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have often acknowledged 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 of all times, classics such as Open City and The Bicycle Thief, as well as movies less known to the American public but just as influential such as Francesco Rosi's Salvatore Giuliano. Each week will concentrate on a different filmmaker and work on a specific movie by analyzing its historical, cultural, and cinematic peculiarities and 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