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Study World Cinema in Italy - Summer 2013

At a Glance
Topic: Cinema
City: Bologna, Italy
Credit: 1 course (ITAL/MCM)
Application Deadline: February 15
Dates: June 17 - July 19
Faculty Director: Massimo Riva
Collaborating Faculty: Philip Rosen (Brown), Giacomo Manzoli (University of Bologna), and Adriano Sforzi (Bologna Cineteca)
Pre-requisites: None 


Experience the Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival in Bologna, Italy while studying World cinema at the University of Bologna and theBologna Cineteca, one of the most important centers for film restoration in Europe and the home of the Charlie Chaplin and Pier Paolo Pasolini film archives. 

No pre-requisites. No previous knowledge of Italian required.  Attend lectures and seminars in English taught by Brown and University of Bologna film scholars and public screenings (in original language or subtitled). Live in centrally located Brown rented apartments, learn survival Italian and how to write, shoot and edit a short film under the direction of one of Italy’s young award winning directors. 

The 2013 Cinema ritrovato festival runs June 29-July 6. Five weeks packed with screenings, conversations, events; four screens running from morning to evening (two Lumière Theatres, Arlecchino and Jolly Cinemas) and the evening wonder in Piazza Maggiore,the Renaissance square at the heart of Bologna.

The Cineteca of Bologna is a world-class center for film studies and film restoration: restoration of the complete works of Charlie Chaplin, a restored version with missing footage of Sergio Leone's last masterpiece, Once Upon a Time in America, restorations of several crucial Italian films such as Visconti's Senso and The Leopard, Rossellini's Voyage to Italy, and many more. Since its announcement at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, the Bologna Cineteca has also played a key role in the World Cinema Foundationby restoring several films presented by the WCF at the L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.

Course Description

This program is co-sponsored by the departments of Modern Culture and Media and Italian Studies at Brown University. 

Detailed course description will be published by the end of November.  We expect the course to include the following elements:

  • lectures and seminars
  • production workshop at Cineteca
  • film screenings (including Cinema Ritrovato festival, June 29-July 6)

Housing & Meals

Students live in Brown-rented apartments, with peers from the program. Students are assigned their own rooms in a shared, fully furnished, apartment. All apartments are located in beautiful and convenient areas of town.

Students cook for themselves or eat out at the numerous local restaurants. Bologna is famed for its cuisine so many wonderful opportunities exist to explore this aspect of Italian and Bolognese culture.

Costs & Excursions

Additional information on excursions and what is included in the program will be posted by the end of November, along with the application. 

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