Course Description

Course Name

Special Topics in Communication: Images of Italian in American Film

Session: VRMS3122

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor as well as English 102.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Explores the image of Italians and Italian-Americans in American film, from The Italian (1915) and Little Ceasar (1938) to The Godfather (1972) and Mambo Italiano (2003). Addressing issues such as immigration, assimilation, stereotyping and nationalism, the course also considers the impact of Italian American filmmakers and stars on the history of American cinema. Case studies of directors include: Frank Capra, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino. Case studies of stars include: Rudolph Valentino, Anne Bancroft, Al Pacino, Danny DeVito and James Gandolfini

*Course content subject to change