Writing a paragraphSections B and C (Value: 40 % each) Discuss TWO of the following topics ONE chosen from B and ONE chosen from C (approx 350-400 words each mini-essay). You cannot choose the two topics from the same section. B (40 %): 1. Roberto Rossellini’s Open City is considered the founding film of Italian Neorealism having been conceived by Rossellini on the vision of a renewed Italy reborn from the tragedies of Fascism and War. 2. Bicycle Thieves is considered one of the best examples of Zavattinis theories on Neorealism. Compare Zavattinis writings with the elements of the film that relate to his views. 3. Discuss Fellini’s La Strada as a “catalog of [Fellinis own] personal mythology” and explain the terms and the content of the violent controversy around the film. 4. Pasolini’s Mamma Roma as both a homage to Neorealism and a radically new approach to the film narrative and the style of filmmaking. Page 1 of 2 C (40 %): 1. Pasolini’s La Ricotta as the retelling of the Passion of Christ. Discuss how Pasolini uses the characters and the narrative to reiterate his vision of the world; discuss also how Pasolini clarifies his thoughts with this film by comparing it to Mamma Roma. 2. Compare and contrast Rossellini’s Voyage to Italy and Fellini’s La Strada in the frame of the tendency Bondanella defines “The Break with Neorealism.” 3. Discuss the meaning of the disappearance of Anna in Antonioni’s L’avventura and analyse Antonionis choice not to explain or give suggestions on the event. 4. Discuss James Joyce’s “The Dead” from The Dubliners as the inspiration “behind” Rossellini’s Voyage in Italy. PLEASE NOTE: This is an OPEN BOOK / CRITICAL RESPONSE TEST. NO NEED OF WORKS CITED PAGE. ADDITIONAL EXTERNAL SOURCES ARE NOT REQUIRED BUT ARE ACCEPTED However whatever sources you use they MUST be acknowledged even when you paraphrase them – Correct MLA formatting will be considered a PLUS on the final evaluation of the test. Page 2 of
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