Comparative Literature | Studies in Film & Lit.
C790 | 26970 | Prof. Bondanella

Topic:  Italian Cinema and Literature

Professor Peter Bondanella
Mondays, 3:35-5:30 pm
Ballantine Hall 335

This course will examine important adaptations of literary texts by
major Italian directors. The literary texts will include both
Italian works and works from classical and contemporary literature
outside Italy. The class will focus on the following films and texts:

•	Euripides, Medea (adaptation–Pasolini, Medea)
•	Petronius, Satyricon (adaptation–Fellini, Fellini Satyricon)
•	Lampedusa, The Leopard (adaptation–Visconti’s The Leopard)
•	Bassani, The Garden of the Finzi Contini (adaptation–
Vittorio De Sica’s The Garden of the Finzi Contini)
•	Carlo Levi, Christ Stopped at Eboli (adaptation–Francesco
Rosi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli)
•	Cortazar, “Blow Up” (adaptation–Antonioni’s Blow Up)
•	Borges, “The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero” (adaptation–
Bertolucci’s The Spider’s Stratagem)
•	James Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice (adaptations–
Visconti’s Obsession and Antonioni’s Story of a Love Affair)
•	Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice (adaptation–Visconti’s Death
in Venice)
•	Alberto Moravia's The Conformist (adaptation–Bertolucci’s
The Conformist)

NOTE: There is no regular film series in this course. Seminar
participants are expected to see the films in the library reserve or
from other sources before coming to class.  Several films will be
available in the French & Italian office or through West European

Enroll in one of three ways:
FRIT-M 565, class number 24452
CMCL-C 596, class number 26511
CMLT-C 790, class number 26970