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ITAL2113 - Docudrama in Contemporary Italian Cinema

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Cristina Massaccesi
Teaching structure:
one 2,500 word sequence analysis (50%); and one unseen two-hour written examination (50%).

Module Description:

Throughout its history, Italian cinema has shown a particular interest in the mixing up of fiction and reality through the production of films that combine documentary elements with fictive ones. This module will be focused on examples that move along the whole spectrum between documentary and fictional film. The lectures will provide the students with the historical and social background to the films and with a range of film-critical terminology that will be applied to the material introduced by the module tutor. Furthermore, various topics, such as the cinematic representation of power, the struggle for civil rights, the anthropological analysis of disadvantaged realities and the influence of media, will be investigated and discussed during the lectures and the subsequent seminars.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

Materials will be uploaded on Moodle.