HUI 231 Italian Cinema, 1 (Syllabus)

HUI 231 Italian Cinema, 1 (Syllabus) - Stony Brook...

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Stony Brook University Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures   HUI 231 (satisfies DEC D) Sex and Politics in Italian Cinema Instructor: Peter Carravetta ( [email protected] ); Office hours: M/W 3-4 pm, & by app’t; Melville Library N4045. Assistant: Michele Giua , office in Hum. Bldg 1056, hrs: M/W 10-11 am Syllabus and some historical background
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Course Description Film is widely credited as having performed a central role in the re-building of an Italian sense of nationhood following the collapse of the fascist regime and World War II (1945). But the Italy that emerges over a half century is no longer homogenous as people would like to believe. In this course we will analyze some of the “greatest hits” of Italian cinema that reveal the complexity of the country, as well as the variety of techniques to represent an often contradictory reality. Emphasis will be placed on three important themes that run throughout the films of this period: economics, identity (of self, of groups, of “others,” and politics . Our discussions will focus also on the cinematic representations of Italian society in order to identify contextual material, what transpires beyond the director’s intentions about history, life-styles, existential crises, gender relations, social institutions, urbanization, immigration, and politics.
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Learning Objectives This course aims to provide students with: A) A primer on how to read film by learning some technical terms and aesthetic theories B) detailed multi-sided understanding of modes of engagement with social and historical themes in post-war Italian cinema, up to today. C) Key themes explored through emblematic figures and movements in Italian cinema history D) Relationship of these themes to their own world on this side of the Atlantic E) Awareness that this most popular of art forms can be read in many different ways, especially concerning general issues, from poverty to greed, from humor to drama to fantasy.
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Course requirements There will be three multiple-choice Quizzes (15% of grade each), given approximately every three/four weeks (see syllabus); there will also be a short term-paper – about 5 pp, due Monday, Nov.
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  • Fall '13
  • Vittorio De Sica, Marriage Italian Style, post-war Italian cinema, Melville Library N4045

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