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School of Modern Languages & Cultures: Department of Italian

Italian Cinema

Academic Year 2016-2017

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. It is divided into four parts of four weeks each: Part 1. Heroes and Divas; Part 2. Human Reality; Part 3. Cityscapes; and Part 4. Love and Death. The remaining two weeks are devoted to student presentations on topics covered in the final paper. Each section is articulated in an historical, a theoretical, and a monographic part, devoted to a representative director, actor, or theme. Particular stress 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. Advanced instructions on how to write an essay on a cinematic topic will be provided during the seminars.

Set Texts are likely to include:

  • Gian Piero Brunetta, The history of Italian cinema: a guide to Italian film from its origins to the twenty-first century, translated by Jeremy Parzen. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009
  • Material posted on DUO and/or on the reserve shelves in the Bill Bryson Library.

Co-ordinators:

Dr Stefano Cracolici (stefano.cracolici@durham.ac.uk), Office A15, Elvet Riverside I
Dr Katrin Wehling-Giorgi (katrin.wehling-giorgi@durham.ac.uk), Office ER281, Elvet Riverside II

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