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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Italian Cinema

Instructor(s): Giuseppe Faustini, World Languages and Literatures

What do Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, Fellini, Wertmuller, Scola, Tornatore and Benigni have in common? Students in this seminar will examine 20th century Italian society’s crises and transformations by analyzing the social, political and cultural movements that have defined Italian culture through film and literature. Students will view and explore Italian cinematic Neorealism, examine the role in Italian cinema of Director-Authors, analyze Italian 20th century and classical literary works, and discuss cinematographic adaptations of those works. In additions, students will learn how to read a film and analyze the translation process from a literary text to film. Films in Italian with English subtitles.

Course Offered