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
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ITAL6572 - Italian Style Comedy      

Laughing is a Serious matter: Italian Style Comedy

In the wake of Italian Neorealism's failure to make a significant impact on the nation's cinema-going public a new strand of Italian film emerged that lasted from the late 1950s to the mid 1970s: Comedy - Italian Style. Picking up on elements of the post-war movement's social critique and combining them with comic techniques, a series of directors managed to satirize the Italy of the economic miracle in a genuinely popular form of cinema. Despite its success, both artistically and at the box office, Comedy - Italian Style is little known abroad and all too rarely studied. In this module we will look at the emergence of this genre, some of its key works, and compare and contrast the way in which different directors developed the unique features of the commedia. We will also study the historical conditions that gave rise to the popularity of this particular form of comedy and shaped its development.

Materiali in Pdf e/o in fotocopia saranno consegnati dal docente Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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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, LS 3 Week Session I

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ITAL6800 - Independent Study      

Summer 2013, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL6902 - Research Paper      

For 1st summer DML students only.

Summer 2013, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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