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Italian Culture Through Film – Adult Scholars Program – Fall 2019

600.00 IVA included

Instructor: Maria Ponce de Leon, Ph.D.

Meets Mon 8.30 – 11.30 AM / Tu 8.30 – 10.00 AM

Fall Semester 2019 runs Sept. 9 – Dec. 20


Italian Culture Through Film

A selection of films which demonstrate both their interaction with postmodern politics, theory and culture, and the development of an international alternative discourse to Hollywood commercial film-making. Films will be selected according to a theme each semester.

In Rome, the course offers a study of the characteristics of Italian contemporary culture through the viewing of emblematic films such as The Bicycle Thief, Roma Città Aperta, La Dolce Vita, C’eravamo tanto amati, Night of the Shooting Stars, Christ Stopped at Eboli, The Garden of Finzi-Contini, Cinema Paradiso, Caro Diario, and others. Several topics pertaining to historical, social and economic developments of contemporary Italy are discussed, such as fascism, the power and influence of the Catholic Church, attitudes towards women, political instability, rural poverty, the uneasy relationship between north and south, organized crime and the mafia, mass media and communication. In addition to the discussion of cultural topics, the analysis of film dialogues also enhances the student’s linguistic proficiency in Italian. This course is taught in English.

About the Instructor

Dr. Ponce de Leon has been teaching Italian language, literature and culture in Rome since 1992 and has recently extended her teaching activity to the University of Monastir in Tunisia. She is an active volunteer for VIC Caritas in the Roman prison of Rebibbia.