Italian Cinema

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Italian Cinema

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Italian Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description: This module will explore the emergence, evolution, and demise of the movement in Italian cinema known as 'neorealism' which flourished, roughly speaking, from 1943 to 1957. We will examine the social and political events which shaped neo-realism from the overthrow of the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini to the liberation of Italy by Allied forces, following which (and as a response to which) neo-realist filmmaking became known for its great aesthetic, technical, political, and philosophical innovation, quickly gaining critical acclaim and much, though not consistent, box office success worldwide. We will focus on a range of well-known and lesser-known films by key neo-realist filmmakers such as Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, and Michelangelo Antonioni, seeking to understand the special claim to a 'new' kind of 'realism' (hence 'neo-realism') upon which their films were based, a realism which had to do with a deliberately raw, frank, often beautiful, but often controversial representation of everyday life after World War Two.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Teaching pattern: The module will be taught via ten two-hour screenings, ten one-hour lectures, and ten one-hour seminars.

    Assessment: coursework; practical/s;

    Participation (15%), Essay 1 (25%), Essay 2 (60%)

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