French and Italian | Readings in the Italian Cinema
M455 | 27676 | Vitti, Antonio


Topic: Italian Cinema in a Modernizing Society

The objective of this course is to gain a better understanding of the
often complex mechanism of Italian politics, the intriguing regional
differences, and the civic and cultural development that have shaped
the Italian Republic since the end of terrorism. Through a
pluridisciplinary approach this course will explore how contemporary
Italian cinema has followed, mirrored, and often even anticipated the
cultural transformation and moments of crisis in Italian society.
During the semester thirty films will be screened. Students will
learn how to prepare a film analysis, will write a final essay, and
will lead group and class discussions.

Required texts:

* P. Ginsborg, _Italy and its Discontents 1980  2001_. Penguin
Books, 2001. ISBN 0-14-024794-7.
* M. Marcus, _after fellini. National Cinema in the Postmodern
Age_. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. 0-8018-6847-5.
* A course pack will also be available at the IU bookstore