The Department of French and Italian

F C 345 • Vamps, Stars, And The Diva

36435 • Bonifazio, Paola
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CLA 1.106
(also listed as EUS 347, ITC 349, WGS 345)
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Prof. Paola Bonifazio and Prof. Hervé Picherit

Spring 2018


ITC349/FC356  “Vamps, Stars, and the Diva 

From superhuman being to girl next-door, from international commodity to national icon: what is a star? In this course, students will study French and Italian films through the lens of stardom, exploring the many cultural and social meanings of which the faces and bodies of stars are revealing. We will examine the role that female stars play in the construction of national and gender identities, while also taking into consideration the transnational and transcultural aspects of stardom and the film industry. Blurring gender boundaries, we will also investigate the director as diva, star performances as cross-dressing, and female heroes in masculine film genres such as action movies.


There are three main goals for this course.  The first is the acquisition of the intellectual and interpretative tools specific to film comprehension, analysis and creation.  The second is the establishment of a sense of the history of cinema as an international medium, and of French and Italian cinema in particular.  The third main goal for the course is the interrogation of different forms of female stardom, whether real or represented cinematographically.  The course will also encourage students to establish links between the films shown in the class, but also with other media.  Most importantly, the class is designed to cultivate film literacy, allowing students both to engage critically and create with this medium.


Required Text:

Ed Sikov. Introduction to Film Studies. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. 



Angel-A (2005)

Everybody’s Woman (Max Ophuls, 1934)

Les Enfants du paradis (1945)

La strada (Federico Fellini, 1954)

Et Dieu créa la femme (1956)

Bitter Rice (Giuseppe De Santis, 1949)

Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)

L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

Un éléphant ça trompe énormément (1976)

A Special Day (1977)

Irma Vep (1996)

Double Hour (2009) 

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