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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Susanna Scarparo


Previously coded ITA2260


This unit introduces students to post-war Italian cinema and its cultural contexts and gives an opportunity to view and discuss films by Scola, Rossellini, Visconti, Benigni, and others. The unit familiarises students with a variety of critical approaches and allows them to analyse the films as representatives of specific cinematographic genres and styles, and as reflections on and interpretations of post-war Italian culture. The unit covers issues such as wartime resistance; fascism; migration within, from and to Italy amongst others.


On successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Understand, discuss and analyse different cinematographic genres and styles of post-war Italian Cinema
  2. Develop and express a relative understanding of the cultural context of post-war Italy
  3. Understand, discuss and analyse the ways in which select post-war Italian films reflect on and interpret the social and political issues of their time
  4. Develop an ability to engage with written and visual texts and to understand a body of critical writing in the field
Additional objective for students in Italian:
  1. To develop a knowledge of specialist language in relation to film studies


Written: 60% (3000 words)
Visual Test : 30%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Susanna Scarparo

Contact hours

Film Screening (3 hours)
1 lecture (1 hour)
1 tutorial (1 hour) extra tutorial in Italian (1 hour) for students wishing to include this unit in their Italian Studies major

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Visual culture
Italian studies


ATS3237, VSA2260, VSA3260