UAB Barcelona
Summer School

Contemporary Italy through the Eye of the Movie Camera (In Spanish)

UAB Barcelona Summer School

23 Visiones de la Italia Contemporánea a través del Cine / Contemporary Italy through the Eye of the Movie Camera (In Spanish) NE	Ludovico Longhi

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students and Alumni UAB Premium+ : 200 €
Teaching Language: Spanish
Place: UAB Campus Belltaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period:  12 July to 30 July, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration of international and national students (non-UAB students) before May 16 will get 20% discount.  

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Enrolment guidelines


The UAB aims is to provide this course on-site. However, we are also prepared to switch to online-only mode when governmental restrictions are introduced or in place because of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Due to this uncertain situation, we will announce the approach and interaction forms concerning this course at a later stage in 2021 (June-July).



Rosa Gutiérrez Herranz is Associate Professor at the Department of Art and Musicology UAB, where she teaches Art History and Cinema. She works as an art and film critic and is member of the International Association of Art Critics. Her main research lines focused in the field of visual culture and cross-cultural and comparative studies.

Ludovico Longhi holds a PhD in Audiovisual Communication and he is Associate Professor of Film History and Cinematographic Direction at the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising UAB. His main research line focused on popular film genres, like comedy of manners, euro western and crime. He is a researcher of the Research Group P.C.E. (UB), which studies the cinematographic theory in Spain.

Both professors have collaborated together in several publications, among the most recent De Escipión a Berlusconi. Una historia de Italia en 50 películas (2019) y El cine y su doble. Documento, relato, representación (2019).

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Contents overview

The course offers a general approach to Italian contemporary culture and history from the Unification until now through its cinematographic self-representation. The selection of movies analysed in the classes intends to be representative of recent Italian history and cover the main social, political, economic and cultural aspects of the country’s reality. In the same way, this selection tries to attend to the variety of the Italian cinema over that period, integrating both amateur and commercial or genre films.

Our methodological approach is based on the multidisciplinary perspective of the comparative and intermedia studies that focus on visual culture. This kind of approach permits a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the contemporary world and has become indispensable in the field of Humanities and Communication studies.

Our main learning goal in this course is to analyse, review and criticize the role that these cinematographic representations have had in the construction of identity, contrasting them with the personal experience of foreign and national students, in order to offer a more inclusive, extensive and complex vision of the Italian cultural diversity.


Week programme


 Week   Contents Teaching/learning activities

1. The Myth of Italianness: Roma by Fellini

2. The Birth of a Nation: the Risorgimento in Visconti’s films

3. Six Million Dead: the Great War in Italian Cinema

4. Portrait of a Fascist: Il conformista by Bertolucci

5. Repression and anti-Semitism during the Fascist Ventennio: Ettore Scola’s films


Film projections, analyses and debates


6. Feats of War: Everyday Heroism in Rossellini’s “War Trilogy”

7. Anni Difficili: Postwar Period and Neorealism in De Sica’s films

8. Group Presentations: Reunification and Victor Emmanuel II's Reign (1861-1878); Liberal Italy: from Umberto I to World War I (1878-1918)

9. The Discreet Discontent of the Bourgeoisie: Antonioni’s films

10. Group presentations: The Fascist Ventennio: from March on Rome to Austrian Crisis (1922-1934); The Fascist Ventennio: from Ethiopian War to World War II (1935-1945)


Film projections, analyses and debates

Group presentations

11. The Italian Comedy of the Economic Miracle: Dino Risi

12. Group Presentations: The Italian Republic: from Postwar Period to Reconstruction (1946-1958); The Economic Miracle (1958-1971)

13. The Years of Lead in the Committed Cinema

14. Group Presentations: The Years of Lead (1968-1981); From Pentapartito to Berlusconi’s era (1981-2011)

15. The Postmodern Turn: Nanni Moretti


Film projections, analyses and debates

Group presentations



Evaluation consists of three sections: lecture attendance (30%), participation and discussion in the debates (30%), work in group of 3-5 students about an aspect of Italian contemporary history (40%).


Links and references

Bibliography: Italian History

BALDOLI, Claudia (2009): A History of Italy. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

CLARK, Martin (1996): Modern Italy, 1871-1995. London, Longman.

DUGGAN, Christopher (2016): Historia de Italia. Madrid, Akal.

GINSBORG, Paul (2006): Storia d’Italia dal dopoguerra a oggi. Torino, Einaudi.

HEARDER, Harry (2003): Breve historia de Italia. Madrid, Allianza.

RE, Matteo (2007): La Italia actual: evolución histórica y cultural de 1945 a nuestros días. Madrid, Instituto Italiano di Cultura/Universitas.

SABBATUCCI, Giovanni; VIDOTTO, Vittorio (2009): Storia contemporanea. L’Ottocento. Roma-Bari, Laterza.

SABBATUCCI, Giovanni y VIDOTTO, Vittorio (2008): Storia contemporanea. Il novecento. Roma-Bari, Laterza.

SCALMANI, Davide (2016): Historia de Italia. Madrid, Sílex.

SMITH, Denis Mack (2011): Storia d’Italia dal 1861 a oggi. Roma-Bari, Laterza.

VV.AA. (1998): Storia d’Italia (14 vols.). Torino, Einaudi.

Bibliography: Italian Cinema

BRUNETTA, Gian Piero (2003): Guida alla storia del cinema italiano: 1905-2003. Torino, Einaudi.

CARANDO, Valerio; GUTIÉRREZ HERRANZ, Rosa; LONGHI, Ludovico (2019): De Escipión a Berlusconi. Una historia de Italia en 50 películas. Barcelona, UOC.

BARROSO, Miguel Ángel (2008): Las cien mejores películas italianas de la historia del cine. Madrid, Cacitel.

MICCICHÈ, Lino (1989): El cine italiano de los años sesenta. Bilbao, Festival Internacional de Cine-Bilbao Documental y Cortometraje.

MONTERDE, José Enrique (ed.) (2005): En torno al nuevo cine italiano. Los años 60: realismo y poesía. Valencia, Institut Valencià de Cinematografia.

QUINTANA, Àngel (2005): El cine italiano 1942-1961: del neorrealismo a la modernidad. Barcelona, Paidós.

RIPALDA, Marcos (2005): El neorrealismo en el cine italiano. De Visconti a Fellini. Madrid, EIUNSA.

SCHIFANO, Laurence (1997): El cine italiano 1945-1995: crisis y creación. Madrid, Acento.

TIRRI, Néstor (2006): Habíamos amado tanto a Cinecittà: ensayos sobre el cine italiano. Barcelona, Paidós.

TORRES, Augusto M. (1994): El cine italiano en 100 películas. Madrid, Alianza Editorial

VV.AA. (1985): El Cine italiano de los años 80. Roma, Ministero del Turismo e dello Spettacolo/Ente Autonomo Gestione Cinema.


Digital Resources: Italian Cinema

SCORSESE, Martin (2009): El cine italiano según Scorsese. Valladolid, Divisa (DVD).