English 166

Special Topics: Post-War Italian Cinema (1945-70)


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Spring 2006 Miller, D. A.
MW 3:30-5 in 300 Wheeler, plus film screenings Tues. 6-9 P.M. (also in 300 Wheeler) 300 Wheeler

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Description

"Post-war Italian cinema became internationally famous for two things: first, for revitalizing a nineteenth-century realist aesthetic, and then, for developing the cinematic modernism that ran directly counter to this realism. It ought to have been famous for cultivating, in both phases, a religion of ""the beautiful image."" But this fact remained something of an open secret, as critics and directors tended to promote understanding in politico-intellectual terms that were impoverishingly antivisual. Our project, then, is to see what happens to an artistic program when the seduction of the image is no longer abstracted from the work of meaning. Directors to be studied: Rosselini, De Sica, Antonioni, Fellini, Visconti, Pasolini, Germi, and Bertolucci. Topics to be considered: neorealism, auteur culture, fascism-and-homosexuality, the Italian culture-wars, and Italian-American directors of the 1970s."

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