What is the course about?
This lecture will focus on the use of cinema in Fascist propaganda.
What will we cover?
In 1922 Mussolini stated: "Cinema is the state's most effective weapon". In 1923 the LUCE Institute began the production of documentaries aimed at enhancing the image of the dictator whilst celebrating the achievements of the regime. However censorship was surprisingly loose and it opened new opportunities for directors and producers who made their names after the war. In this course, we will analyse the language, style and context of propaganda films and main stream fictional movies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-be familiar with the use of cinema as a propaganda medium
-be familiar with some movies of the fascist era, which are unknown outside Italy
-be familiar with anecdotes and historical curiosities.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This lecture will be conducted in Italian and is therefore aimed at those of you with an advanced level of the language. It is suitable if you are attending Italian 4 or 5 at Citylit or have an equivalent level.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a lecture and is therefore tutor-led. Facts will be introduced through presentations, the use of video clips, handouts etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other cost. Students will just need to bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any level 4 or 5 Italian courses; other Italian seminars or short courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details