Italian Film Through Stardom (MLI3029)

15 credits

Many Italian film stars are also international stars, from Marcello Mastroianni to Monica Bellucci, but some of Italy’s most popular stars are little known outside Italy. On this module we will explore what makes an Italian star, for both national and international audiences, and how stars condense a series of contradictions about what it means to be Italian. Several case studies of male and female stars from the postwar period to the present day will enable us to examine key issues about Italian cinema and identity, including age, beauty, gender, sexuality, genre, performance and politics. Knowledge of Italian isn’t essential.