1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
Topic description

This topic is designed to provide students with background knowledge of the historical and artistic developments that have characterised Italian cinema in the last fifty years; however, the segment provides an overview of the main currents and genres, from silent film to the "white telephones" films of the Fascist era, from world-acclaimed Neorealism to the Commedia all italiana, from the great masters of the 1960s to the award-winning works of later directors such as Moretti, Salvatores, Virzi, Sorrentino.

Language requirements: ALL films to be accessed for this topic are available with English sub-titles. Lectures/seminars will be conducted in English.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide opportunities for the students to:

  • Develop an understanding of the basic cinematic techniques employed by film authors, and develop critical skills in analysing films as instruments for the authors artistic expression
  • Develop their ability to place Italian films in the appropriate artistic/social/historical context, and to identify relationships and reciprocal influences between artistic movements and directors
  • Acquire or develop background knowledge on the historical developments, socio-cultural issue and artistic movements that have characterised Italian cinema and society
  • Where applicable, develop further students' comprehension of spoken Italian at an advanced level
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse, discuss, compare, interpret and critique different films, film genres and auteurs taking into account basic cinematic techniques and the artistic/social/historical context in which they were created/operated
  2. Read, discuss and critique scholarly articles

Key dates and timetable

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Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.