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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35135 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
HRH 3.102A

Course Description

This course taught in English. The course will consist of a broad and varied sampling of classic Italian films from WWII to the present. We will consider the works that typify major directors and major trends through five decades of filmaking. I will trace a certain stylistic and thematic development from neorealism to postmodernism, pointing out both the continuity of the tradition and exceptions to it, in an attempt to define the art of Italian film. In the process, we will become more aware how we, as viewers, respond to films in socially and culturally determined ways. Classes will include visual analysis of films using video clips and slides. Students will be required to attend weekly screenings of the films. The films will be in Italian with English subtitles. There will be 14 in all, and though the schedule is tentative, it will include works of Rosselini, De Sica, Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, Scola, Wertmuller, Pasolini, Bertolucci, and Tornatore.

Grading Policy

There will be 4 papers of 4 pages minimum, a final exam, and pop quizzes. Essays: 70% Exam: 10% Quizzes and class participation: 20%


Bondanella, Peter. Italian Cinema Course-packet


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