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Italian Neorealism  

Near the end of World War II, Italian cinema produced a series of unique films distinctly different from the traditions of mainstream cinema, called “Italian Neorealism.” Italian Neorealism is one of the most significant movements in Film History and has influenced filmmakers around the world. By focusing on Italian Neorealism, this course will introduce students how to appreciate this important moment in film history, as well as critically analyze motion pictures. We will investigate key films made in Italy before and after World War II. Directors such as Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, and Luchino Visconti used the war-torn Italian landscape as their canvas. Working with nonprofessional actors and small budgets, they cultivated an influential aesthetic, made in response to the socio-economic-political, conditions afflicting Italian society. The course consists of lectures, screenings, and discussions. Week by Week Outline 5 weeks. Week 1: Defining Italian Neorealism. “This is not Italy!” Discussion of the film, Ossessione, Luchino Visconti, 1943. Focus on Film Director: Roberto Rossellini’s “War Trilogy.” Rome, Open City. Roberto Rossellini, 1945 Week 2: Continue discussion covering Film Director: Roberto Rossellini’s “War Trilogy.” Rome, Open City. Roberto Rossellini, 1945 Paisan Roberto Rossellini, 1946 Germany Year Zero, Roberto Rossellini, 1947 Week 3: Rebuilding Rome: Focus on Film Director, Vittorio De Sica Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica, 1948 Umberto D. Vittorio De Sica, 1952 Week 4: The Politics of Italian Neorealism. Film director, Luchino Visconti. La Terra Trema, Luchino Visconti, 1948 Week 5: Rosy/Pink Neorealism Miracle in Milan, Vittorio De Sica, 1951 Bitter Rice, (Giuseppe De Santis, 1949) Note: Outline may change to focus on student ideas as they emerge over the course.


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