Masters of Cinema: Paolo Sorrentino

Course Dates: 02/10/22 - 09/10/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
“Everything's important in a film, not just the shots. Even the sound man's mood or the quality of the catering.” Explore the virtuosic, melancholic cinema of Paolo Sorrentino from his early hypnotic and claustrophobic The Consequences of Love (2004) through his grandiose award winning The Great Beauty (2013) to his most personal and recent work, The Hand of God (2021).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HF184

Started Sun, day, 02 Oct - 09 Oct '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online film studies course will introduce and explore Paolo Sorrentino’s body of work as a writer/director. By analysing a selection of his films, we will discover the visually impactful, euphoric style he employs to achieve his art.

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?

This course will cover the storytelling and directing techniques employed by Sorrentino in his films.
We will analyse Sorrentino’s themes of power, nostalgia, and solitude and make a closer examination of a number of his feature films. We will also focus on his close working relationship with the actor, Toni Servillo.

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

- Have a better understanding of the career of Paolo Sorrentino and his place in the pantheon of modern Italian cinema.
- Further develop skills of analysis and interpretation in your own wider film knowledge.

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

This is an introductory level course and does not assume previous study or reading. The course is aimed at building Italian cinema appreciation but is also suitable for all who enjoy viewing and discussing film.

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

Tutor presentations and screening of extracts from Sorrentino’s films along with textual analysis and general discussion.

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

Bring paper and pen, or other digital device for notetaking. The tutor will provide all film materials.

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

Look for other Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/film studies at

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.