Antonio Vitti

Director of Italian School, Italian School Faculty


Antonio Vitti received his Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He is currently a Dana Fellow and Professor at Wake Forest University. His research has been primarily in the areas of Film Studies and Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture. His publications include articles on Pasolini, Scola, Wertmüller, De Santis, Rossellini, Amelio, Tornatore, Roversi, Montaldo, Rimanelli, Nanni Loy, and Nanni Moretti. He is the author of Giuseppe De Santis and Postwar Italian Cinema (1996), editor of Canadian Journal of Italian Studies. Special issue on Italian Cinema (1997), and co-editor of Amerigo (1999), an anthology of Italian American/Canadian writers. He is working on a book on Gianni Amelio.




Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

ITAL6575 - Contemporary Italian Cinema      

This course is a survey of Italian cinema in the new millennium. It analyzes works by a number of different directors whose films are representative of sociopolitical trends in contemporary Italian culture. Students will learn how to do critical reading of visual texts, and will be provided with cinematic terminology and a recent bibliography and scholarship on the subject. Special attention is devoted to new Italian comedy, new authors, immigration, gender, and the phenomenon of neo-neorealism. Students will view and study ten films. The format includes lectures, screenings, and in-class discussions.

Required Texts:
Annali d’Italianistica. Cinema Italiano Contemporaneo. Vol. 30, 2013. Edited by Antonio Vitti. ISSN 0741-7527
Lezioni di cinema e di regia, a cura di Antonio Vitti, Firenze: Societa’ Editrice Fiorentian, 2013. ISBn978-88-6032-256-2
Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL6659 - The Cinema of Francesco Rosi      


The aim of this course is to study Francesco Rosi's cinematography, which includes an impressive number of individually celebrated films, which occupy a unique place in postwar Italian and world cinema. His seventeen feature films are known for their extraordinarily consistent formal balance and their unflinching look at the historical events and cultural traditions that have shaped the Italian national character. They thus represent a body of work of inordinate importance for both the cultural history of Italy since the fall of Fascism and for a realist theory of cinematic representation.

Required texts:Antono Giulio Mancin e Sandro Zambetti, Francesco Rosi, Milano: Il Castoro, 1998.
ISBN 88-8033-058-6
Io lo chiamo cinematografo conversazioni con Giuseppe Tornatore, di Francesco Rosi, Milano: Mondadori, 2103. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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ITAL6714 - Cinematic World of Neorealism      

The Cinematic World of Neorealism

This course provides an understanding of the history, philosophy, politics, artistic movements and civic renaissance of postwar Italian life. By discussing the most important films, essays, and controversies of the time, as well as the various styles of the major directors of this wonderful movement: Rossellini, Visconti, De Santis and De Sica, students will discover and learn about the fascinating cinematic changes that revolutionized the world of cinema.

Required Texts:
André Bazin. Che cos'è il cinema? Garzanti, 1986.
Lino Micciché. Il neorealismo cinematografico italiano. Venezia: Marsilio, 1975.
Antonio Vitti. Peppe De Santis secondo se stesso. Conferenze, conversazioni e sogni nel cassetto di uno scomodo regista di campagna. Metauro, 2006.
Rossellini Roberto. Il mio metodo. Scritti e interviste. Venezia: Marsilio, 2006.

Summer 2012

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ITAL6800 - Independent Study      

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL6902 - Research Paper      

For 1st summer DML students only.

Summer 2013, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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