This course provides a chronological overview of the history of Italian cinema from its early days to the present. We will survey the major Italian film movements, including Neorealism, commedia all’italiana, and the Spaghetti Western, as well as the work of key filmmakers such as Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lina Wertmueller, and Paolo Sorrentino. The course will focus primarily on the history of style and narrative in Italian cinema, but will also consider developments in the Italian film industry, and the connection between cinematic existent and emergent cultural forms.

The course is taught in English and the films shown are in Italian with English subtitles. No prerequisites.

This course meets the Writing (W) core curriculum designation.