French and Italian | Readings in the Italian Cinema
M565 | 27560 | Vitti, Antonio


Film showings: R 7:15 -10:00 BLLH 102

Title: The Mafia through Cinematic Perspectives.  The course will
analyze the cinematic representation of the complex phenomena called
Mafia. We will study how within Italian cinema the characterization
of the Mafia and mafiosi began with the archetypal figures of the
bosses and the “good guy” crusader from the North sent to Sicily to
fight crime. Cinematic representation went on to adopt a more
sociological approach, attempting to explore the political
implications of the Mafia through the political cinema genre, in
particular, Rosi's _Salvatore Giuliano_, 1961. We will study how this
genre was also brought back by Scineca and Giordana in the nineties.

The course will include Cipri's and Maresco's surreal and tragicomic
films mocking traditional representation of the Mafia. Special
attention will be dedicated to the role of women in Torre's and
Comencini's films. We will discuss the roles of gender, sexuality,
personal liberty and the marital and filial relationships. Special
attention will be given to films that deal with the impact of
organized crime on society, institutions and on youth.

Some of the films:

1952 Processo alla città di Luigi Zampa
1961 Salvatore Giuliano di F. Rosi
1972 Camorra di Pasquale Squitieri
1973 Lucky Luciano di Francesco Rosi
1986 Il Camorrista di Giuseppe Tornatore
2001 Luna Rossa di Antonio Capuano
2002 L'Imbalsamatore di Matteo Garrone'
2008 Gomorra di Matteo Garrone
2008 Il divo di Paolo Sorrentino