hstory of italian cinema

This course presents an overview of postwar Italian cinema in its relationship with visual arts. After a short introduction dedicated to silent avant-garde cinema (Thais, 1917) we will explore the work of major directors in Italian cinema (Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci) analyzing how, in their films, cinema intertwines with painting, architecture, photography, drawing, etc., aiming at tracing the different typologies of the relationship cinema/visual arts, from an historical as well as a theoretical point of view. The films are all English subtitled.


Cine 261
Fall Only
Prerequisite: None

masterpieces in european cinema

This course presents an overview of European cinema in its relationship with visual arts. We will explore different genres, auteurs and periods in European cinema, from the French avant-gardes to Federico Fellini, from documentaries on art to Derek Jarman, from Jean-Luc Godard to Pier Paolo Pasolini, analyzing how cinema intertwines with painting, architecture, photography, drawing, etc., aiming at tracing the different typologies of the relationship cinema/visual arts, from an historical as well as a theoretical point of view. The films are in original language with English subtitles.


CINE 262
Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: None

history of world cinema

This course presents an overview of films dealing with the major issues at stake in contemporary world observed from a global viewpoint: multiculturality, immigration, environment, cultural and financial globalization, international politics, and so on. The film list includes works produced in a range of countries as vast as possible: Europe, North America, Latin America, India, China, so as to provide the students with a multi-faceted perspective. The course aims not only at examining and discussing the questions addressed by the films, but also at providing the students with the instruments needed in order to read the films in a competent and critical way: how are the different issues presented? Which – and whose – is the point of view adopted? What is the answer the films seeks to obtain from the viewer, and through which means? The films are in original language with English subtitles.


CINE 326
Spring Only
Prerequisite: None

food, culture & society in italy

TIn this course we will examine the relationship between food and culture in Italy through a variety of readings, discussions, field trips and tasting experiences. We will look at food in its social and cultural context from a multi-disciplinary approach- history, anthropology, sociology, and geography. The class will begin with a theoretical overview and then trace the historical evolution of Italian Foodways in time and space focusing on the many external influences which over the centuries have shaped the use of different food products, preparation methods, consumption patterns, i.e. the Italian approach towards food. We will emphasize how this specific national cuisine relates to history, geography, culture and society. During the term, the class will visit various food production sites.



CLTR 330
Fall, Spring, Summer
None