Italian Neorealism in World Cinema

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus: VMC

Teacher: Ida DURETTO

Course Code: JK19004

Italian neorealism (1945-1952) was a crucial movement in film history, marking an aware move away from mainstream Hollywood filmmaking and focusing on realistic characters and stories.



Through a virtual journey across world film cultures, and national identities, this course aims to provide a critical approach to the enduring resonance of Italian neorealism in international cinema. We will start with a brief introduction on the main features of the movement and historical contextualization of the most relevant neorealist movies,
from the masterpiece ‘Roma citta’ aperta’ (Roberto Rossellini, 1945). Subsequently, the course will explore the broad influence of neorealism on global cinema, from the impact on contemporary filmmakers (e. g. Akira Kurosawa) to the late tributes (e.g. ‘Roma’, Alfonso Cuaron Orozco, 2018).


Course Information

Module: Research 1-3
CATS Requirements: MA 1st year or above

Day/Period: Thur/ 4-5
Location: Sem. 6
Credits: 2


Course Goals

Students will learn the most significant features of Italian neorealism. Investigating the wide-ranging impact of the neorealist movement, they will improve their knowledge of world cinema. Moreover, they will deepen their historical awareness of the relationships between a movie and its precursors. Students will be able to critically watch and discuss a film, prepare a short oral presentation and perform it in front of the class. The seminar requires an active interaction of the students. Therefore, attendance is mandatory. Classes will be held in English.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Evaluation will depend on: 1. active participation in class, 2. final presentation. Attendance is mandatory. No more than three absences are allowed.