ITST234

Introduction to Italian Cinema

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This course introduces students to one of the world’s most respected and influential cinematic traditions and industries, which made the film art an inseparable part of Italian popular culture, and Italian cinema part of global cultural heritage. Each week we discuss one film from the post-WWII era by analyzing its historical, social, political, and aesthetic aspects. This in-depth study allows us to understand the larger cultural dynamics and the significance of the film’s thesis. Topics to be covered include war destruction, economic reconstruction, family, religion, industrialization, work, migration, identity diversity, and organized crime.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Language of instruction: English