Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2020

  • Global Media – Global Neorealism

    145 | CCN: 33042 | 33043

    Rhiannon Welch

    4 Units

    *This course will be taught via Remote-Synchronous instruction

    Lecture: Tu/Th 12:30pm-2pm; Screening: W 5pm-7pm

    On-location shooting, shoestring budget, non-professional actors, and social commentary on the everyday struggles of the so-called ‘common man.’ These are among the hallmark elements of Italian neorealism—a body of films that emerged out of the literal and figurative rubble of fascism and World War II, and gave a nation recovering from a bombastic dictatorship a humble new self-image. Few national film movements have been as revered, mythologized, and seemingly self-evident as neorealism. And yet, since its inception, its very status—as a tradition, a school, a genre, and/or as a distinctively Italian set of films—has been fiercely contested. This course explores neorealism itself as a site of numerous transnational transactions, from its origins—in dialogue with Soviet realism and ‘escapist’ Hollywood—to its resonance in China, Senegal, Colombia, India, and beyond. Students will examine selections from the neorealist ‘canon’ (films by Rossellini, De Sica, and Visconti), along with a selection of their global intertexts (films may include: Pather Panchali, 1955, dir. Satyajit Ray; Black Girl, 1966, dir. Ousmane Sembène; Still Life, 2006, dir. Jia Zhangke; Wendy and Lucy, 2008, dir. Kelly Reichardt).

    * This course is cross-listed with Italian 170