This course explores the representation of the Italian cinematic city, a key element to fully understanding national cinema from the end of World War II to the present. Students are able to examine these concepts through both film screenings and actual site visits of locations depicted in the films. Specific topics include: the ruinous bombed out cities and the post war urban crisis, the monumental city and its expanding peripheries, and massive modernization brought by the economic miracle followed by tourism and globalization.
Estimated Course Fee: $4960
Anticipated trip dates are May 28 to June 16.
We will accept approximately 22 students.
Excursions may include Siena, San Gimignano, Sorrento, Amalfi, Cinque Terre, Verona, Lucca, Venice, Rome, and Torino.
Florentine cultural activities include visits to famous cultural sites such as Boboli Gardens, the Uffizi, Accademia, and a number of significant churches throughout the city. Our homebase will be an ex convent in the San Frediano neighborhood of Florence, named in 2017 by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 “coolest neighborhoods” in the world. Here authentic Italians make their living as artisans and tradespeople, and numerous restaurants and shops provide many opportunities for cultural experiences and interactions.
Price includes airfare, excursions, meals, cultural activities and lodging.
“This is Italy” link to the digital storytelling videos at http://www.cinemablography.org/thisisitaly.html
Fabrizio Cilento is a native of Florence, Italy and has taught at Messiah since 2010. In addition to his Ph.D. and Masters (M.A.) degree from the University of Washington, Fabrizio completed his undergraduate studies in Drama at University of Florence. He also spent two years teaching at Villa Aurora in Florence, before coming to the United States. His teaching is focused on film and digital media theories.
Lauren Allen (MA Higher Education) has been part of the Messiah College community for over ten years and is currently working in the Office of Faculty Development. Her passion for cross-cultural experiences grew through her own undergraduate travels throughout Europe. She deeply values the impact of culture on one’s development and looks forward to guiding students through their own exploration of this cultural experience. Having previously served as an Experiential Learning Advisor for this cross-cultural course, Lauren is excited to return to Italy this May.