Global Neorealism

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus: VMC

Teacher: Ida DURETTO

Course Code: JK39002

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, 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 to 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 to the late tributes.

Course Information

Module: Research and Advanced Studies
CATS Requirements: MA 1st year or above

Day/Period: Thu/ 4-5
Location: Lec. 9
Credits: 2

Course Goals

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

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Evaluation will depend on 1. active class participation and 2. final presentation.