Module Identifier IT30610  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Adriano Vincentelli  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Antonietta Feroldi  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 Italian.  
Co-Requisite None (IT30710 recommended).  
Course delivery Other   15 Hours Contact Hours. (Total of 15 Lectures/Seminars/Tutorials/Practicals.)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam.70%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 1 essay of 1500-2000 words or assigment/presentation30%

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will

Brief description

Neorealism as a movement was very short-lived, yet associated with it are the names of some of the best known film directors, artists and writers of the fifties: from Rossellini and Visconti to Fellini, from Vittorini and Pasolini to Calvino. Despite running rapidly into the hostility of the Italian establishment its influence was profound and long-lasting both within Italy and abroad. After the long years of Fascist propaganda and mystification it distinguished itself for its keen sense of social responsibility, moral commitment and for its increasingly unwelcome determination to bring to public's attention human, political and social problems.

Reading Lists

Marcus, Millicent Italian film in the Light of Neorealism Princeton University Press
Liehm, Mira Passion and Defiance: film in Italy from 1942 to the Present University of California Press
Bazin, A. What is cinema? University of California Press
Hill, A & P. Church Gibson (eds) The Oxford Guide to Film Studies
Bondanella, Peter Italian cinema from Neorealism to the Present Frederick Ungar, New York, 1982
Overbe, David (ed) Springtiome in Italy: A reader on Neo-Realism Talisman Books, London, 1978
Luchino Visconti Ossessione
Roberto Rossellini (1945) Roma citta aperta
Vittorio de sica (1948) Ladri di biciclette
Vittorini, E. Uomini e no Mondadori
Luciano de Giusti (1985) I film di Luchino Visconti Gremese Editore, Roma
Zannier, Italo (ed) Neorealismo e fotografia. Il Gruppo Friulano per una Nuova Fotografia 1955-1965 Art & Srl, Udine, 1987
HANDOUTS: (must read)
Gough-Yates, Kevin 'The Destruction of Neo-Realism', Films and filming vol 6, no 12. September 1970, pp. 14-22 (photocopy)
Crawford, Alistair Carlo Bevilaqua Il Maestro Aberystwyth 1986
Also available on request photocopy from: Alistair Crawford Mario Giacomelli Cardiff 1983
Pacifici, S. A guide to contemporary Italian literature: from futurism to neorealism Cleveland world Publishing (Medirian books)
Pacifici, S. From Verismo to experimentalism: essays on the modern Italian novel Indiana U.P.
Pacifici, S. The modern Italian novel: From Pea to Moravia Southern Illinois U.P.
Potter, J. H Elio Vittorini Twayne
Fiorentino, L. Narratori del Novecento Mondadori


This module is at CQFW Level 6