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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:

The Cinema Ritrovato festival is the largest and most prestigious film restoration festival in the world. Through this program, students will be attending its 32nd edition. The Ritrovato partners with upwards of 25 institutions around the world dedicated to film restoration, including Martin Scorcese’s World Cinema Foundation, dedicated to restoring diverse films from around the globe. For the past three years, LMU has hosted a mini-­version of the Cinema Ritrovato Festival during the month of March, where faculty select films from the prior Summer to bring to campus along with the festival’s director, Guy Borleé. LMU is one of only two institutions in the U.S. that partner with the festival in this manner (Brown University is the other one). This is a partnership that SFTV|LMU values as we believe it brings invaluable opportunities to our students for learning and for connecting with a global film culture.


Bologna is located in northern Italy in the Po River Valley, between Florence and Venice. This beautiful medieval city is known for its cuisine, porticos, and terra-cotta-colored buildings. Bologna began life as an Etruscan town (pre-Roman times), and many of the buildings and museums that dominate the town’s historic center are legacies of this heritage.

Today Bologna is noticeably a student town, lively and entertaining, and is viewed as one of the most forward-thinking cities in Europe. In fact, one in four people walking the streets of Bologna are college students. Fewer than 500 of these students are Americans, which makes Bologna a true cultural immersion for students wanting a genuine Italian encounter.  


Students are required to take the first course and are encouraged to also take the second course.

Required Course

FTVS 314/514 History of International Film (3-units)
Taught by LMU Professor Carla Marcantonio
Core Requirements: Writing Flag
PENDING: Engaged Learning Flag

This course will provide students with an intensive introduction to the history of international film: the major developments and its major figures. What will make this course unique is that the students will then get a chance to participate in the world’s premier film festival that is dedicated to the continued preservation and resurrection of that history: The Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna, Italy. The emphasis of the course will be planned to interface with the offerings that the festival is highlighting this year: film traditions, movements, styles, directors, stars, etc. Because of the context for the course, students will also be introduced to the relevant issues that drive film restoration and archiving. Students will have the invaluable chance to see films projected in their original 35mm formats, as well as, in the case of silent films, on the very same type of 1920s carbon arc-light projector that would have screened them at the time (very few places in the world have the capacity to screen films on these projectors). A directed “map” through the festival’s offerings will be provided: all students will be required to attend 10-13 pre-selected films at the festival. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to attend at least 5 more screening that pertains to their specific interest which will lead to a final project that integrates the history portion of the semester with the films screened by the festival.

Optional Course

ANIM 398/FTVS 598 Pantomime, Physical Comedy, and Animation (3-units)
Taught by LMU Professor Jose Garcia-Moreno
PENDING: Core Requirements: Interdisciplinary Connections and Information Literacy

It is well known that the antics, movements, and gestures of the early physical comedy performers influenced the first animators, especially the concepts established by Walt Disney. The Cineteca di Bologna is responsible for having digitized the entire Charlie Chaplin archive, and the restoration of all of his films was placed solely under their care. Students will study this archive in order to understand the importance of pantomime and its relationship with the history of character animation. Students will create active visual research by exploring movement methods and classical animation techniques found in the signature pantomime movements in the filmography of Charlie Chaplin. No drawing skills are necessary; this course is open to all majors.

Students will live on campus in residence halls at Spring Hill College which are set up in traditional residence hall style. The residence hall is fully air-conditioned and equipped with a laundry facility, communal kitchen, and dining hall. Rooms are furnished with a twin bed, sheets, towels, pillow, dresser, desk (or dresser/desk combination) and chair for each person. The rooms are arranged in triples, twins, and singles. You will have both breakfast and dinner at the cafeteria on campus, and you are welcome to use the community kitchen to make lunch or go explore one of Bologna’s many delicious and cheap eateries! The residence is located 20 minutes from the heart of the city on foot.

Attendance to the week-long Cinema Ritrovato festival is required.

There will be an optional weekend excursion to Venice. Students who choose to participate will take the train up this magical city and explore its winding canals and hidden treasures. The trip will include a stay at a very nice youth hostel, visits to historical sights, and a delicious group meal sampling some of the Venetian delicacies. Students can pay for this trip upon arrival to the Italy Center.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.