October 24, 2017AS/IT/HUMA 1761ITALIAN CINEMA, LITERATURE AND SOCIETYFALL/WINTER 2017-18FALL TERM ESSAY TITLES1)Compare and contrast Roberto Rossellini’s Open City(1945) and Vittorio De Sica’sBicycle Thieves(1948) with reference to their approach to reality in two different moments of Italy’s history.2)“In the world there are more Zampanos than bicycle thieves” (Federico Fellini, in Bondanella, Peter. History of Italian Cinema. p. 147 ). Discuss this statement as Fellini’s expression of his “moral attitude” toward the world, as well as his response to the attacks that followed the screening of La stradaat the 1954 Venice Film Festival.
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