ONLINE FILM COURSE
Women and Men in Post-War Italian Cinema
The Second World War leveled a first fascist-then partisan Italy. Allied bombs ruined Rome’s Cinecittà, Europe’s major studio complex, shorting all production resources. Forced to use using real locations, a film movement, now called Neorealism jumped forth as first as punch-back at fascism’s devastation, segueing into narratives social examination of an economic blitz where the poor stayed poor and the rich were all dressed up with no place to go, as their money was useless outside of their country. Liberation not only freed Italy physically and politically but freed film’s depiction of gender relation, previously pinned by a fascist male narrative. While Hollywood, for the most part, still pushed a post-war entertainment dressed in glitz and glamour, Italian film canvassed the changing identity in domestic and social reality within which was examination of the vibrant void between women and men. In this course, four legendary film directors sail us through the revelation of female / male dynamic impelled by the jolt of a devastated but subsequent self-examining post-war Italy.
Weller has appeared in more than 70 films and television series, including RoboCop (1987) and its sequel RoboCop 2 (1990) (in which he played the title character), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). He has also appeared in such films as Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite (1995), the Oliver Stone-produced The New Age (1994), and David Cronenberg’s adaptation of William Burroughs’s novel Naked Lunch (1991).
While enrolled at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), he played trumpet in one of the campus bands. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and began his acting career after attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (class of 1972).
In 2004, Weller completed a Master of Arts degree in Roman and Renaissance Art at Syracuse University, and occasionally taught courses in ancient history at the university.
In 2007, Weller began a Ph.D. at UCLA, in Italian Renaissance Art History. In October 2013 he filed his dissertation, entitled “Alberti Before Florence: Early Sources Informing Leon Battista Alberti’s De pictura“, and was awarded his doctorate in 2014.
- To view the Western world’s social transformation through the lens of Italian film.
- To understand the alienation of post-modern women and men.
- To grasp the distinction that Italian cinema has endowed our modern film narrative.
- To enjoy movies on a more profound level beyond the simplistic formalism narrative of; plot, effects, stunts, and good vs bad people.
Virtual Classroom: Full access to an online educational platform with discussion forum, videos of recordings, syllabus, and exercises.
Location: LIVE INTERACTIVE ON-LINE FILM CLASSES
Complete syllabus will be provided upon registration.
- ALL LECTURES WILL BE RECORDED AND AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT YOUR CONVENIENCE IN OUR VIDEO LIBRARY FOR THE DURATION OF THE COURSE