Special Topics in Communication: Images of Italian in American Film

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topics in Communication: Images of Italian in American Film

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor as well as English 102.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Explores the image of Italians and Italian-Americans in American film, from The Italian (1915) and Little Ceasar (1938) to The Godfather (1972) and Mambo Italiano (2003). Addressing issues such as immigration, assimilation, stereotyping and nationalism, the course also considers the impact of Italian American filmmakers and stars on the history of American cinema. Case studies of directors include: Frank Capra, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino. Case studies of stars include: Rudolph Valentino, Anne Bancroft, Al Pacino, Danny DeVito and James Gandolfini

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