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ITAL 250W: Italian Cinema. Reading Italy Through Film

Eugenia Paulicelli

(Submission #166)

Course Description

This course will satisfy the Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP) and European Traditions (ET) requirements of the PLAS. This course will focus on the study of the contributions made by Italian filmmakers to the art form of cinema from early experimentation in neorealism in the 1940s till the present. Each time the course will focus on a specific topic and historical period. Students will learn the history of cinema in Italy, and will study the innovations in form, narrative and aesthetics introduced by Italian filmmakers. In particular, students will be trained to look at Italian cinema in a global perspective on account of its international breadth and the impact their technological innovations had on the history of global cinema. In addition, students will learn to make aesthetic judgments, and will train their critical faculties in a way that will help them to better understand all forms of visual media--including plastic arts, television, advertising, and the internet. This will help them in their approach to such media in their daily lives, as well as give them the critical thinking skills to bring to bear on other disciplines at Queens College. Cinema is by nature interdisciplinary and calls on fields as disparate as history, art history, literature, media studies, psychology, sociology etc. for a deeper understanding of the implications contained in each film. As Italian cinema is an integral part of Italian culture, we will analyze how the traditions of Western European thought manifest themselves in twentieth-century Italian culture, and in Italian cinema in particular. This course meets the aims of the Appreciating and Participating in the Arts section of the PLAS by training students in the “skills of observing and listening to […] and appreciating and understanding the creative arts,” thereby helping students to “develop awareness of the role of these arts in human life.”


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP)
Context of Experience: European Traditions (ET)
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: 250W
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Fall
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 1
Number of Seats: 25


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