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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian Studies

Italian Cinema

Academic Year 2017-2018 [Term 1 only]

This module is designed to introduce students to the historical, theoretical, and technical evolution of Italian cinematic experience from the appearance of the first Italian movie in 1895 up to the present. Particular focus will be placed on the hybrid dimension of the cinematic art (music, photography, theatre, fine arts), as well as on performance and generic diffraction (drama, comedy, historical movie, documentary, political and social cinema, horror, western, etc.). Prominent cultural trends, such as naturalism and decadence, avant-garde and aestheticism, realism and neo-realism, modernism and post-modernism, will be studied as they emerge in the Italian cinematic tradition and as they differ from others. Please note that this course will run as a short-fat module during Michaelmas Term.

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All material is posted on DUO.


Dr Stefano Cracolici (, Office A15, Elvet Riverside I

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment