ITAL   234   

 Italian Cinema in the New Millennium

Anna Cafaro


M . W . .

M . . . .

3:10 pm -4:30 pm

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


PRE 110


The eminent film historian Lino Miccichè labeled Italian filmmakers of the 1980s and 1990s “orphans,” because of both the disappearance of great masters like Antonioni, Fellini, and Rossellini and the increased dominance of television in Italian life. But recent years have witnessed the resurgence of compelling work by new Italian directors, especially in films about the cultural changes created in Italy by the major waves of immigration from Asia, Northern Africa, and Eastern Europe. This course will focus on engaging works of contemporary Italian cinema, with special attention given to such themes as immigration; politics and corruption; work and social conditions; family and society. Films include Il Divo (Sorrentino); Best of Youth (Giordana); I’m not Afraid (Gabriele Salvatores). Course conducted in Italian.  Class size: 18



ITAL   280   


Anna Cafaro

M . W . .

11:50 am -1:10 pm



In this course students will acquire more competence in written and spoken Italian through the study of more advanced grammar structures and new vocabulary. The course aims to do so by focusing on a particular genre of Italian music texts, that of the ‘cantautore’ (songwriter). We will analyze in-depth some of the most representative songwriters who best perceived and filtered important social and cultural moments of Italian life, in the last sixty years. La ‘canzone d’autore’ (engaged music) has contributed to intellectual, social and artistic engagement for a number of Italian generations addressing topics such as: religion, terrorism, racism, Mafia, etc. Through its specificity, this genre will provide an alternative mode of engagement and a critical understanding of the complex and conflicted Italian society from the Sixties to today. We will complement the study of the texts with interviews, videos, articles and other authentic material about the composers and the specific issues that songs refer to. Students are required to write on a regular basis and are expected to actively participate in class discussions. Conducted in Italian.  Class size: 18