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Course Outline

Introduction (week 1):

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017), LP

- questions of vision, viewing, and spectatorship

- desire in cinema; cinema of emotion

- gender and sexuality in Italian cinema

- a queer perspective on Italian cinema

- Italy and Italian cinema in transnational context.

Section 1. Explorations of self (weeks 2-5)

(Federico Fellini, 1963), JB

Il deserto rosso (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964), LP

Un'ora sola ti vorrei (Alina Marazzi, 2002), LP

La grande bellezza (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013), JB

Section 2. Alternative perspectives (weeks 7-10)

Sciuscià (Vittorio de Sica, 1946), JB

Respiro (Emanuele Crialese, 2002), JB

Hamam. Il bagno turco (Ferzan Özpetek, 1997), JB

Bangla. L'amore ai tempi delle seconde generazioni (Phaim Bhuiyan, 2019), LP

Films & Film Screenings

The films are uploaded for you to view at the Moodle site for this module. They can also be borrowed from the Transnational Resources Centre.

Please make sure you watch the film at least once before each session (lecture and seminar).


1200-1500 word close analysis (30%)
2500-3000 word essay (70%)

Essay questions