Middlebury Language Schools


Antonio Vitti

Director of Italian School, Italian School Faculty

Phone: work802.443.5727
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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.

E-mail: ancvitti@indiana.edu



Courses offered in the past four years.
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ITAL 6575 - 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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ITAL 6628 - The Mafia:Cinematic Perspectvs      

The Mafia through Cinematic and Literary Perspectives

The course will analyze the cinematic representation of the complex phenomena called Mafia. We will study how within Italian cinema the characterization of the Mafia and mafiosi began with the archetypal figures of the bosses and the good guy, crusader from the North sent to Sicily to fight crime. Special attention will be dedicated to Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, Placido Rizzotto, Salvatore Giuliano, Il giorno della civetta, Falcone, Borsellino, Fortapasc and Il Divo.

Required Texts:
La mafia spiegata ai ragazzi. Nicaso, Antonio - Mondadori, 2010
Il Giorno della civetta. Sciascia Leonardo, Baglione A. - La nuova italia editrice, 1993
Silvana Gandolfi, Io dentro gli spari, Salani Editore, 2010
Giancarlo De Cataldo, Nelle mani giuste, Einaudi, 2007

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2010

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ITAL 6659 - 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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ITAL 6714 - 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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ITAL 6800 - Independent Study      

Summer 2010, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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ITAL 6902 - Research Paper      

Summer 2013

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