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What makes Italian film beloved by cinephiles throughout the world? And what major works are essential for an understanding of the key moments in Italy’s extraordinary cinematic history?
This course will provide participants with an understanding of the significant developments in Italian cinema while also giving them with the tools and techniques to understand and appreciate these iconic films. We will connect the films we examine to the social and political contexts that helped shape them, and in some cases to the artistic media (especially literature) that helped inspire them. Our emphasis will be how movements like neorealism and auteur film changed our global understanding of “art cinema” and its creative possibilities. No prior knowledge or study of Italian film is required.
Each week we will focus on two different films as well as on the range of issues that they raise. Film viewing before each class is suggested but not mandatory.
September 13: Roberto Rossellini’s Rome Open City and Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves
September 20: Federico Fellini’s La Strada and La Dolce Vita
September 27: Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura and Blow-Up
October 4: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema and Lina Wertmüller’s Love and Anarchy
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Joseph Luzzi is a writer and Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. He is the author of In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love,, My Two Italies and A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film. He is a frequent contributor of essays and reviews to publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum and London Times Literary Supplement.
Joseph Luzzi: Reading Dante’s Inferno
Reading Dante’s Paradiso with Joseph Luzzi
Reading Boccaccio’s the Decameron with Joseph Luzzi
Reading Calvino with Joseph Luzzi
Reading Hemingway and Fitzgerald with Joseph Luzzi
The Golden Age of Italian Film with Joseph Luzzi