21st-Century Italian Cinema, Society, and Culture

Register for this Summer 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
Expand your knowledge of Italian culture by looking closely at key political, social, and cultural issues from the 1970s to the present through the lens of six selected films. We will explore controversial topics that continue to influence Italy today such as the attitudes towards gender and sexuality; immigration and discrimination; crime and corruption. Together, we will take into consideration the opinions and observations of important Italian writers and thinkers such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italo Svevo, Elsa Morante, Dino Risi, Pirandello, Montale, Elena Ferrante, and others. Each week, you will watch a film at home and be invited to read newspaper articles, essays, as well as any other supporting materials students may bring to class. Films may include Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect strangers), Le Fate Ignoranti (His Secret Life), Lo Chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg), Fuocoammare (Fire at sea), Il Caimano (The Caiman), Romanzo Criminale (Crime Novel). All films are available on easy-to-use streaming platforms. Summer 2023 tuition is $599.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An overview of the Italian history that shaped who Italians are today
  • Familiarity with important works of writing and visual art

Ideal for

  • Learners with an intermediate level of Italian
  • Anyone wishing to learn about Italian history & culture from the past 50 years
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.

    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2023
    • Date

      Jun 15 - Jul 20
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Location

      Instructor Led