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The Blessed Lens: A History of Italian Cinema by Joseph Luzzi

The Blessed Lens: A History of Italian Cinema

by Joseph Luzzi

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Professor Joseph Luzzi, the director of Italian studies at Bard College and an award-winning author, offers a comprehensive look at Italian cinema from its inception in 1895 through its major periods and influences. Having altered the landscape of Italian art and society, as well as inspiring filmmakers the world over, Italian cinema proves a fascinating study. Major focuses of the course include neorealism, the Spaghetti Western, the Italian giallo, and Italian-style comedy.

Lecture 1 Origins, Sacred and Silent

Lecture 2 Terms and Techniques

Lecture 3 The Spider and Its Web: Pirandello and Early Film

Lecture 4 To Remake Italy: Neorealism

Lecture 5 Starring Sicilian Fisherman: The Case of Visconti

Lecture 6 The Bergman Years: Rossellini

Lecture 7 Making It Personal: Auteur Cinema

Lecture 8 One-Man History: Five from Fellini

Lecture 9 Fact and Image in Antonioni

Lecture 10 Adaptation, Italian Style

Lecture 11 Genre and Gender

Lecture 12 Elusion: Italian Cinema in the 1980s and 1990s

Lecture 13 Neorealism Redux

Lecture 14 The Past as Present: Giordana's Epic Vision

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