In this course, Italian cinema is used as a way to analyze the political and social context of Italian history since the beginning of 1900 to the end of 1970
This analysis will be done using films that refer to historical events and films that deal with issues related to everyday life and Italian culture in the years considered
Movies, even those realized to tell historical events, however, should not be considered as an objective witness of reality…
Every director, even if it is well documented, does not witness what reality is but rather what is his interpretation of reality…
This interpretation is the result of the mediation between one’s own personal history, one’s own background, and what really happened. Therefore, in order to interpret the messages conveyed through a film, it is necessary to know the political/social point of view of the film director, in order to reveal the ideological aspects that are present in each film…
Despite the subjective point of view of the director who influences the narrated plot, in films we can find something rather more objective: the habits and customs of the subjects represented in a specific geographical, political and social context.
Therefore, we will use theories and socio-anthropological models to study the cultural and social aspects present in the films analyzed during the course.