Masters of cinema: Roberto Rossellini - the great visionary of Italian cinema

Course Dates: 03/10/21 - 10/10/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Give yourself a chance to explore the unforgettable cinematic vision of Roberto Rossellini, covering all his major Neorealist films up to his last historical films for TV. Roberto Rossellini (b. Italy, 1906–1977) is a key artist of the mid-twentieth century whose contribution to cinema is inestimable and whose influence on other directors, such as Jean-Luc Godard and Martin Scorsese, is profound. Over his forty-year career Rossellini’s films took several broad turns, from his Neorealist masterworks of war and its immediate aftermath to the extraordinary melodramas he made with Ingrid Bergman to “didactic” works made for television about men whose ideas altered the course of civilization (Jesus, Socrates, Pascal, Descartes). Rossellini’s films are characterized by their inflection of “actuality” (shooting on location and casting everyday people alongside professional actors), recognition of the mystery of human behaviour, belief in spiritual transcendence, and desire to stimulate audiences’ curiosity.
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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00

Course Code: HF184

Sun, day, 03 Oct - 10 Oct '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course explores the immense influence of Rossellini's films on World Cinema. We will experience his different filmic phases showing a deeply felt approach to human storytelling through the history of humankind.

Tutor biography
Dr. Óscar Salgado-Suárez teaches Spanish language and cultural courses at Birkbeck, University of London; Imperial College and City Lit. His cultural research interests are 20th and 21st Century Spanish and Latin American visual and literary representations with a focus on storytelling, affects and humor studies in relation to historiography, national identities and power formations.

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?

-Understand the Italian Political and Historic Context in which Rossellini finds his creative voice.
- Watch fragments from Rossellini's most important films and investigate his unique cinematic trademark.
- Explore Rossellini’s notions of history, storytelling and human relationships.

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

- List the films that characterise Rossellini's style.
- Identify the aesthetics and themes of Rossellini's filmography.
- Contribute to the debate related to the political and cultural importance of Roberto Rossellini.

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

This is an introductory course and does not assume previous study or reading. As with most of our humanities and cultural courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills. Thus, this course is for those who enjoy viewing and discussing films and are interested in sharing ideas and listening to the views of others.

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

Tutor presentation, viewing film extracts, participants’ questions and comments, discussions and work on some film extracts and documents.

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

The tutor will provide links to readings and film extracts.

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

Look for other Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/film studies at www.citylit.ac.uk.

Óscar Salgado Suárez

Dr. Óscar Salgado-Suárez teaches Spanish language and cultural courses at Birkbeck, University of London; Imperial College and City Lit. His cultural research interests are 20th and 21st Century Spanish and Latin American visual and literary representations with a focus on storytelling, affects and humour studies in relation to historiography, national identities and power formations.

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.