MASTERS OF CINEMA: THE FILMS OF ROBERTO ROSSELLINI
CSCL 5910

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, TWIN CITIES
Spring 2010

CLASS INFO

 

Professor: Hisham Bizri

Course hours: TH 2:30-5:15

Voice: (612) 625-8460

Course location: Nicholson Hall 275

Email: hbizri@umn.edu

hishambizri.com/teaching/umn/spring10/RobertoRossellini/

Office hours: T&TH 1-2 (146A Nicholson Hall);

an appointment is required.

CSCL office: 235 Nicholson Hall

ABOUT THE COURSE
The course will focus on the films of Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini from Rome, Open City (1945) and Stromboli (1950) to The Age of the Medici (1973) and his last film The Messiah (1975). We will study Rossellini's filmmaking methods and how these shaped and were shaped by the cultural, historical, artistic, and political changes that took place in pre-war and post-war Italy. We will study Rossellini's relationship to realism as well as to Italian art, literature, and architecture. We will examine how his films continued to, but were also a radical break from, the conventions and values of the 1930s studio system established in Italy during the Fascist era and the one established in the US by Hollywood.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
To LOOK at the films and to DISCOVER the world of Roberto Rossellini.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

    1.    Mandatory class attendance (if you miss class you must present an official report)
    2.    To see with one's own eyes
    3.    Readings: about 50 pages per week or more or less
    4.    Film viewing journal
    5.    One class presentation
    6.    One final paper (15 pages, double space)

SUGGESTED READINGS (available at the U bookstore; additional handouts in class)

SCREENINGS

  • Roma, cittą aperta (Rome, Open City) (100 minutes, 1945)
  • Paisą (Paisan) (134 minutes, 1946)
  • Germania Anno Zero (Germany Year Zero) (78 minutes, 1948)
  • Stromboli (Stromboli, terra di Dio) (107 minutes, 1949)
  • Francesco, giullare di Dio (The Flowers of St. Francis) (75 minutes, 1950)
  • Europa '51 (The Greatest Love) (113 minutes, 1952)
  • Viaggio in Italia (Voyage to Italy) (97 minutes, 1953)
  • Il generale della Rovere (132 minutes, 1959)
  • La Prise du pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Rise of Louis XIV) (100 minutes, 1966)
  • Socrate (Socrates) (120 minutes, 1970)
  • Blaise Pascal (135 minutes, 1971)
  • L'etą di cosimo de Medici (The Age of the Medici) (252 minutes, 1972)
  • Cartesius (152 minutes, 1973)
  • Anno uno (Italy: Year One) (115 minutes, 1974)
  • Il messia (The Messiah) (140 minutes, 1975)

ASSIGNMENTS & GRADING

    1.    A film journal (20%)
    2.    In class paper presentation (20%)
    3.    A final research paper 15 pages, double space (60%)

SCHEDULE

WEEK 1, January 21

Roma, città aperta

 WEEK 2, January 28

Paisà

WEEK 3, February 4

Germania Anno Zero

WEEK 4, February 11

Stromboli

WEEK 5, February 18

Francesco, giullare di Dio

WEEK 6, February 25

Europa '51

WEEK 7, March 4

Viaggio in Italia

WEEK 8, March 11

Il generale della Rovere

WEEK 9, March 18

Spring Break

WEEK 10, March 25

La Prise du pouvoir par Louis XIV

WEEK 11, April 1

Socrate

WEEK 12, April 8

Blaise Pascal

WEEK 13, April 15

L'età di cosimo de Medici (Part 1)

WEEK 14, April 22

L'età di cosimo de Medici (Part 2)

WEEK 15, April 29

Anno uno

WEEK 16, May 6

Il messia

WEEK 17, May 13

Final paper is due in CSCL office, Nicholson 235 (there will be a folder with my name)