Classic Italian actors of cinema: from Anna Magnani to Toni Servillo

Course Dates: 28/06/21 - 26/07/21
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: Online
In this course we combine biography and film extracts to examine the impact of ten Italian actors who shaped the history of Italian Cinema and became international stars by creating powerful screen personae.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00

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Course Code: HF180

Finished Mon, day, 28 Jun - 26 Jul '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

What makes an international film star? Who creates it and what for? These are the underlying questions behind reading the images of film stars in their home country and abroad. This course examines the working careers of ten Italian actors who also exemplified the notion of screen stardom.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Looking at the careers of Anna Magnani, Giulietta Masina, Toto, Alberto Sordi, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale, Monica Bellucci and Toni Servillo, each week we will focus on two of these great names of Italian cinema, their cultural and historical context in relation to the art achieved.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Have a better understanding of the background and the context of these diverse Italian actors.
-Further develop skills of analysis and interpretation to your own wider film knowledge.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory level course aimed at building Italian cinema appreciation skills but it is also suitable for all who enjoying viewing and discussing film.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Screenings of extracts from the actors’ films, along with discussing film analysis in small and large groups.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A pen and a notebook. The tutor will provide material for further study and research.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please look for other film courses at, Culture and Writing/film studies.

Graham Rinaldi

Graham Rinaldi is a freelance film lecturer and writer. He is the author of the biography on the British comic actor, Will Hay and he is currently researching his next book, the acting career of David Bowie.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.