A focus on the cinematic representations of politics in Italian society.
Italian Political Cinema focuses on the cinematic representations of the political in Italian society from Fascism to the economic crisis of 1970s. The course will screen films by the greatest Italian directors (Alessandro Blasetti, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Gillo Pontecorvo, among others) and discuss the ways in which Italian society organizes itself around notions of identity, social norms, and class conflict. The ultimate objective of the course is to familiarize students both with the formal language of film analysis as well as with a variety of theoretical approaches to Italian cinematography, including political, psychoanalytical, cultural studies and genre.
Also listed as: FS205, CO220