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Sex, survival and la dolce vita: Neorealist to Contemporary Italian Film (level 5)


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On our short course, Sex, survival and la dolce vita: Neorealist to Contemporary Italian Film (level 5), we will study developments in Italian film from the post-war period onwards and explore different strands and defining moments in Italian film-making:

  • Italian Neorealism, studying films by two major directors who epitomised that movement: Rossellini and De Sica
  • six short Neorealist films by Antonion, Fellini, Lizzani, Risi, Lattuada, Zavattini and Masella
  • the Golden Age of Italian Cinema: iconic films by Antonioni, Pasolini and Fellini
  • exciting and innovative developments in contemporary Italian film: the work of Benigni, Özpetek, Rohrwacher and Sorrentino.

We will also examine and study the relationship between these strands in Italian film-making and the political and cultural contexts in the post-war period from which they arose. We aim constantly to work towards an understanding of the forces that shaped Italian cinema and continue to do so up until the present day.

You will develop skills in the analysis of film at thematic and stylistic levels and learn to understand and to apply theoretical and methodological approaches appropriate to the study of film in Italy.

All films studied will be in Italian with English subtitles.

Assessment is via two 2500-word essays (50% each).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.