History of Italian Cinema | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

History of Italian Cinema


  • ITAL261 History of Italian Cinema3

    Term: Fall, Spring

    Prerequisites: None

    This course is a general analysis of post-war Italian cinema while also using films as 'decoded historical evidence' to present the social history of the period. During the first part of the term, students will analyze Neorealism, a cinematic phenomenon that deeply influenced the ideological and aesthetic rules of film art. Later students will concentrate on the films that marked the decline of Neorealism, focusing on the talent of ‘new’ auteurs. The last part of the course will be devoted to the developments in the Italian film industry from the 1970's to the present.  Together with masterpieces such as Open City and The Bicycle Thief, screenings will include films by Italian directors of the 'cinema d’autore' such as Life is Beautiful, I'm Not Scared, and Call Me by Your Name. Students will also analyze the differences between Italian and U.S. filmmaking. All films are dubbed in English or subtitled.   

    (See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

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