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Music, Film, Drama and Creative Writing / Languages

Italian Film Club

20SP41

Start date: 24th Feb 2020

Time: 16:10 - 18:40

Cost: £60

Day: Monday

Duration: 6 weeks

Tutor: Rachael Ball

Course code: 20SP41

Each week films will cover key aspects of Italian society, culture and history. Ranging from nostalgic love stories to more serious post-war neorealism, students will gain an insight into modern Italian life through cinema. Themes will include: wartime and post-war Italy; the changing nature of the Italian family; the role of the Church in Italian Society; migration; the place of women in Italian society; organised crime; and the North-South divide.
the proposed films are:


1 La Magia del Cinema – The Magic of Cinema
Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore – 1988) (2h4min) Context:

2 Tragedia o Commedia? – Tragedy or comedy? La Vita È Bella
(Roberto Benigni - 1997) (2h2min) Context:

3 Il Neo-Realismo and Post War Italy Ladri di Biciclette
(Vittorio de Sica – 1948) (1h29min)


4 Tre Belle Italiane – The Italian Beauties Ieri, Oggi e Domani
(Vittorio de Sica – 1963) (1h54min) Context:

5 Neo Neo Realsimo Il Ladro dei Bambini
(Gianni Amelio - ) (1h52min) Context:

6 North or South – Nord o Sud? Io Non Ho Paura (Gabriele Salvatores – 2003) (1h40min) Context:
- Niccolò Ammaniti’s Novel

Each week films will cover key aspects of Italian society, culture and history. Ranging from nostalgic love stories to more serious post-war neorealism, students will gain an insight into modern Italian life through cinema. Themes will include: wartime and post-war Italy; the changing nature of the Italian family; the role of the Church in Italian Society; migration; the place of women in Italian society; organised crime; and the North-South divide.
the proposed films are:


1 La Magia del Cinema – The Magic of Cinema
Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore – 1988) (2h4min) Context:

2 Tragedia o Commedia? – Tragedy or comedy? La Vita È Bella
(Roberto Benigni - 1997) (2h2min) Context:

3 Il Neo-Realismo and Post War Italy Ladri di Biciclette
(Vittorio de Sica – 1948) (1h29min)


4 Tre Belle Italiane – The Italian Beauties Ieri, Oggi e Domani
(Vittorio de Sica – 1963) (1h54min) Context:

5 Neo Neo Realsimo Il Ladro dei Bambini
(Gianni Amelio - ) (1h52min) Context:

6 North or South – Nord o Sud? Io Non Ho Paura (Gabriele Salvatores – 2003) (1h40min) Context:
- Niccolò Ammaniti’s Novel

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Rachael Ball

My name is Rachael Ball and I am a qualified teacher of modern foreign languages (QTS). I graduated from the University of Saint Andrews with a First Class Degree in Italian (MA Hons), with Distinction in Spoken Italian. I am fortunate to have lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in both Rome and Perugia. I also work as a Special Needs Teacher, specialising in communication strategies and language acquisition. I am passionate about Italian Language and culture, with an extensive background thanks to my degree. Having taught Italian to a wide range of ages and abilities, I am adept at creating a learning environment which is fun, interactive and purposeful. I hope that my enthusiasm for Italian language and culture will inspire learners.

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