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ITA2260 - Italy on film

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Susanna Scarparo and John Gregory


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


This unit introduces students to post-war Italian cinema and its cultural contexts and gives an opportunity to view and discuss films by Scola, Rossellini, Visconti, Benigni, and others. The unit familiarises students with a variety of critical approaches and allows them to analyse the films as representatives of specific cinematographic genres and styles, and as reflections on and interpretations of post-war Italian culture. The unit covers issues such as wartime resistance; fascism; migration within, from and to Italy amongst others.


On successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Understand, discuss and analyse different cinematographic genres and styles of post-war Italian Cinema
  2. Develop and express a relative understanding of the cultural context of post-war Italy
  3. Understand, discuss and analyse the ways in which select post-war Italian films reflect on and interpret the social and political issues of their time
  4. Develop an ability to engage with written and visual texts and to understand a body of critical writing in the field
Additional objective for students in Italian:
  1. To develop a knowledge of specialist language in relation to film studies


Written: 60% (3000 words)
Visual Test : 30%
Class participation: 10%

Contact hours

Film Screening (3 hours)
1 lecture (1 hour)
1 tutorial (1 hour) extra tutorial in Italian (1 hour) for students wishing to include this unit in their Italian Studies major




ITA3260, VSA2260, VSA3260

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