Unlock your creativity and draw inspiration from the history and landscape of Florence.
Florence was home to Dante, Boccaccio, Michelangelo, and Botticelli and remains a city with a vibrant cultural life. You will have the opportunity to draw on these artistic wellsprings, while benefiting from the peace and inspiration offered by NYU’s Villa La Pietra, surrounded by 57 acres of gardens and olive groves, where you will live and work.
Get inspired and integrate the knowledge and firsthand experiences of Florence in your writing through the two courses that make up this program. In “Developing the Dramatic Script for Film or Theatre” you will do all the necessary preparatory work before writing a feature length screenplay or full-length play. In “History of Italian Cinema” you will study the history and aesthetics of Italy’s renowned cinematic history.
In this script development tutorial and writing retreat students will develop, write and revise a full-length stage play or feature-length screenplay through a series of lectures and one-on-one consultations with the instructor, rigorous writing exercises, and sustained writing time. The course focuses on the basic techniques of dramatic writing, including developing the story, dramatic action, conflict, characterization, plot, dialogue, and the revision process in film and theatre. The class includes lectures, discussion, analysis, writing exercises, workshop and individual conferences. The summer session culminates in table readings at La Pietra of scenes from the completed work.
ICINE-UT 1103 | 4 units | Instructor: Local Faculty
The course is an historical overview of the Italian Film, from the origins up to today, through the debate on some crucial moments. There is a large re-vision of Italian Cinema, concerning some Italian history periods which are being re-discussed, such as the Fascist era and the so called Boom (the economic growth). The scholars are changing some judgments and the spectators are changing their taste. As matter of fact, the course will analyze some “crossing points” of the Italian film history and investigate the major debates on some crucial moments of Italian society.
The Italian Cinema is a good way to study the whole Italian history, society, ideology and behaviours. The students will have the opportunity to know such authors as Rossellini, De Sica, Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, Pasolini, and Bertolucci, who are well known even in the US. They will deal with the national mode of production, the notion of “auteur film”.
The main historical periods are the following: the shift between Fascism and the Post-war period, the so called “Neorealism”, the economic growth, the sixties and seventies, and the contemporary time. Main areas of interest will be film history, the relationship between cinema and the social-political context, and the different theoretical approaches to film.