Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Cinema italiano: Dal fascismo agli anni Ottanta

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit will examine the major strategies of representation and narrative techniques deployed in Italian cinema from 1945 to the eighties. The study-unit will be divided into two distinct parts. The first part of the study-unit will study a series of key films of Neorealism such as “Ossessione,” “Roma città aperta”, “Ladri di biciclette”, and “Sciuscià.” Special attention will be given to the way in which such films as “Senso”, “La strada”, and “Le notti bianche” distance themselves from the basic tenets of neorealism. The second part of the study-unit will be dedicated to the discussion of the “Commedia all’italiana”, with a particular focus on the films by Mario Monicelli and Pietro Germi, among others. As we make our way through Italy’s cultural landscape via film, we will explore the indebtedness of Italian cinema to other art forms, in particular literature, painting, and music. The close study of specific sequences will also enable students to develop an appreciation of key elements of film form.

Reading List:

- Brunetta, G. (1991, 2004 reprint) Cent’anni di cinema italiano. 2nd vol: Dal 1945 ai giorni nostri, Laterza.
- Sesti, M. (1997), Tutto il cinema di Pietro Germi, Baldini & Castoldi.
- Parigi, S. (2014), Neorealismo. Il nuovo cinema del dopoguerra, Marsilio.

A reading pack with a selection of theoretical and critical works will also be made available.

Recommended reading:

- Bondanella, P. (1983) Italian Cinema. From Neorealism to the Present, Continuum.
- Marcus, M.(1986) Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism, Princeton.
- Farassino, A. (2017, reprint) Neorealismo. Cinema italiano 1945 - 949, Cue Press.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: At least an intermediate level in Italian or permission from lecturer holding the study-unit.

N.B. Lectures will be delivered in Italian.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Glen Bonnici
Gloria Lauri Lucente

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2019/0, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.