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Claudio Mazzola
ITAL 366
Seattle Campus

Italian Society in Film and Literature

Studies the evolution of Italian postwar society through the analysis of film and literature as well as critical, historical, and sociological readings.

Class description

This course will discuss the most creative period of Italian cinema, what is commonly known as Neorealism. We will first focus on the historical background that stimulated the making of movies like Ossessione and Open City. We will then analyse the major cinematic characteristics of Neorealism: from editing to cinematography, from acting to camera movement. Particular emphasis will also be given to the narrative structure of these movies. In the second part of this course we will analyse the influence of Neorealim on directors not usually associated with this label. We will screen some of the early movies by Fellini, Bertolucci and Fellini and discuss their connection to Neorealism.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Movies will be screened on Thursday and discussed on the following Tuesday. Attendance is mandatory.

Recommended preparation

Instruction will be in English. Students enrolled in ITAL 466 need to sign up for ITAL 390. The texts will be read in English.

Class assignments and grading

Students who wish to take this course as Italian 466 must have completed Italian 203 and will read to write on class paper in Italian. Concurrent enrollment in ITAL 390 B required for students taking this course as ITAL 466.

Class participation 30%, Class participation/discussion/presentation 25%, Midterm 20%, Final 25%. (these indications are provisional, a full syllabus with movies' screenings will be distribuited at the beginning of the course).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Claudio Mazzola
Date: 04/09/2009