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New FILM Course- THE DIVAS: FEMININE ICONS IN ITALIAN CINEMA

What have Italian women meant to the world through the film screen? How have actresses represented them? What roles do Italian divas play throughout the world? How can Sophia Loren preserve the sway that makes her one of the most revered actresses even today, at age eighty-two? What icon of stubbornness and determination did Anna Magnani impersonate, so that Tennessee Williams wrote The Rose Tattoo for her? These issues, and many more, will be discussed with reference to films that go from early post-WWII period, when Italian women got the right to vote, to the 1970s, when the Italian parliament passed major laws on women’s rights (divorce in 1970, abortion in 1978). In these crucial years, the major feminine icons of Italian cinema (Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren, Lucia Bosè, Monica Vitti, Mariangela Melato, and many others) are the litmus test of daily living, and point at problems and contradictions that still affect us nowadays by being “the active face of the crisis.” 

 

Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-5:15pm—Herter Hall 217

Instructor: Dr. Andrea Malaguti