Italian Films Love & Sex Italian Style Thru Film

Love & Sex Italian Style Thru Film


Professor Joseph Luzzi, Moderator

From Fellini’s scandalous La Dolce Vita to the recent Oscar winner The Great Beauty, Italian cinema has long provided a privileged perspective on how love and sexuality have transformed Italian society. We will consider how some of the greatest films to come out of Italy from World War II to the present have treated such issues as male and female identity, marriage and desire, and the tension between open sexuality and religious tradition, especially as these all connect to Italy’s magnificent artistic traditions in other art forms including literature, music, and painting. Video will be used.

Please Note: Viewing the films is recommended, but not required. While the sessions will include clips of the selected films, they will not be screened in their entirety.

Session 1 Bitter Rice, GIUSEPPE DE SANTIS (1949)
Session 2 La Dolce Vita, FEDERICO FELLINI (1960)
Session 3 Divorce Italian Style, PIETRO GERMI (1961)
Session 4 A Special Day, ETTORE SCOLA (1977)
Session 5 Cinema Paradiso, GIUSEPPE TORNATORE (1988)
Session 6 The Great Beauty, PAOLO SORRENTINO (2013)

THURSDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
MAR 8, 22
MAY 3, 17, 24

Cost $475 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $237.50

Joseph Luzzi

JOSEPH LUZZI – An active critic, his writings on FILM have appeared in the New York Times, Times of London, Bookforum, and many others. Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. He holds an MA in French Literature, NYU and a PhD in Italian Literature, Yale University.

His books include the memoirs In a Dark Wood (HarperCollins, 2015) and My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; and the scholarly works A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014), a Finalist for The Bridge Book Award, and Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale Univ. Press, 2008), which received the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association.

Photo Credit: Everett Collection