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Course Description

From the late 1940s through the 1970s, Italian cinema enjoyed a golden age. So many of these films from the post-World War II era remain a peculiarly Italian combination of a cinematic lyricism  and the harsher realities of life.  Filmmakers from this era gave the world a remarkable assemblage of passionately told stories of survival or the failure to survive. The instructor has chosen five films from this era. They are the following:  •  Roma, directed Federico Fellini • Once Upon A Time In The West, directed Sergio Leone • The Leopard, directed Luchino Visconti • The Conformist, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci • Mediterraneo, directed by Gabriele SalvatoresThere will be ten class meetings. On odd numbered classes, the film will be screened. On even numbered classes, discussion will encompass but will not be limited to, cinematic technique, the social implications of the films in Italian culture and their influences on world culture.  Lecture (plus Questions)Facilitated DiscussionViewing Videos  
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