Masters of Cinema: Vittorio De Sica

Course Dates: 20/11/21 - 27/11/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Matinee idol; pioneer of Italian neo-realism; popular international director; Vittorio De Sica was a man of many parts. From The Bicycle Thieves to his work with Sophia Loren, De Sica brought Italian people and society to the world stage.
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: HF188

Sat, day, 20 Nov - 27 Nov '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online film studies course will introduce you to Vittorio De Sica’s body of work as a director. Along with Roberto Rossellini and Luchino Visconti, De Sica became one of the main architects of Italy’s post-war tradition of neo-realism with films including Shoeshine (1946), The Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Umberto D (1952). We will also examine his successful social comedies of the 1960s – Il Boom (1963), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) and Marriage, Italian Style (1964).

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?

The course will cover the storytelling techniques employed by De Sica to highlight the post-war social problems in Italy, His use of non-professional actors and realistic settings and sound created a new form of Italian cinema – neo-realism. We will explore his working relationships with writer Cesare Zavattini and actor Sophia Loren. We will also briefly examine the matinee-idol elegance he brought to over 150 films as an actor.

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

Have a better understanding of the life and career of Vittorio De Sica and his place in the history of Italian cinema.
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 appreciation skills of the work of a film actor/director. 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?

There will be short introductory talks, including film analysis by the tutor, and group discussion and screenings of extracts from a variety of films directed by De Sica.

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

Pen and paper 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.