French and Italian | Seminar in Italian Cinema
M500 | 25799 | Bondanella, Peter
Topic: Hollywood Italians
Lecture: 4:00 6:00 M TBA
Film : 7:00 10:00 M TBA
(Joint-offered with CMCL C592.) Hollywood Italians examines the long
history of Hollywood's treatment of Italian Americans from the
silent era to the present. The course will screen a number of
important films dealing with the dominant Hollywood images of
Italian Americans: "Dagos" (Italian American immigration and Little
Italy) and la famiglia; "Palookas" (Italian-American
boxers); "Romeos" (Italian-American romantic leads); and "Wise Guys"
(Italian-American gangsters). The class will conclude with a brief
look at several key episodes of the important HBO television
series, "The Sopranos".
We shall also read two Italian-American novels as well as an
anthology of Italian-American writing.
Textbooks: Bondanella, Hollywood Italians (Continuum); Puzo,
The Godfather (Signet); Di Donato, Christ in Concrete
(Signet); Tonelli, ed., The Italian-American Reader (Morrow).
Plus reserve materials in the reserve room, the electronic reserve,
and the media reserve of the main library.
This course is offered at the same time as FRIT M391 and will use
the same film series but will obviously have different requirements
and reading assignments plus seminar assignments each week. There
will also be several extra books ordered on specific films being
screened (the Cambridge U Press Companions to The Godfather
trilogy, Do the Right Thing, and Raging Bull) plus
different readings on reserve.