Faculty of Arts


Italy on Screen


Italian films of the post-World War II period show an extraordinary power and originality and have long attracted an enthusiastic cinema-going public within and outside Italy. This course examines films by Fellini, Scola, De Sica, Antonioni, Monicelli, Pasolini, Bertolucci, Brusati, the Taviani Brothers, Luchetti, Soldini. It considers the sources, complexities and resonances of these films and the ways in which they refer, directly or obliquely, to the social and political issues of their times. The course covers issues such as language and dialect, religion, the post-war years and the economic boom, regionalism, migration, terrorism, consumerism and feminism. The films shown are subtitled and this paper is open to all students, whether or not they are studying Italian language.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Bernadette Luciano

Recommended Reading

Peter Bondanella, A History of Italian Cinema, Continuum 2009.


Coursework + exam


ITALIAN 111: 15.0 points

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