Lifelong Learning

Italian Cinema: Then and Now

2 May 2012

The Leopard film poster

Italy is one of the great filmmaking nations. This five-week course enables us to compare two very different classics from the past with two outstanding recent films in the same traditions.

Bicycle Thieves (1948) is a masterpiece of neo-realism, the Italian post-war movement that was hugely influential in putting the lives of ordinary working people on the screen in natural settings with a wholly new directness and immediacy. Garrone's Gomorrah (2008), a compelling portrait of the workings of the Mafia in Naples today and its effects on ordinary lives, draws in part on this tradition while linking it to a line of distinguished Italian gangster films.

By contrast, both Visconti's The Leopard (1963) and Guadagnino's I Am Love (2001) offer  sumptuous, richly detailed portraits of powerful upper-class families under the pressure of change, made in high, almost operatic style - the first set in Sicily in the 1860s and the second in Milan in the twenty-first century.

A seminar evening between the showing of past and present films will allow further consideration of these two very different approaches to filmmaking.

Course Information

Dates: 2 May 2012 - 30 May 2012
Fee: Full


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Harbour Lights Picturehouse Maritime Walk Southampton Hampshire SO14 3TL

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Name: Lifelong Learning Team

Phone: 023 8059 7261