Centre for Continuing Education

David Stratton Film Course: The Greatest Year for Italian Cinema - 1960

Film. Focus on cinema.

Appreciate and learn about film the smart way with Film courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

David Stratton
David Stratton was the director of the Sydney Film Festival from 1966-1983. He contributes film reviews to The Australian, and is the author of two books on Australian cinema: The Last New Wave and The Avocado Plantation. From 1981-2004 he presented films on SBS Television and was, with Margaret Pomeranz, co-host of The Movie Show from 1986-2004. In July 2004, Margaret and David moved to ABC television with their show, At The Movies, which aired until 2014.

Was there ever a year in which the cinema of one country produced so many remarkable and beloved films? Here are some of the films made in Italy in 1960:

  • La Dolce Vita (Fellini)
  • Rocco and His Brothers (Visconti)
  • L’Avventura (Antonioni)
  • Two Women (De Sica)
  • Adua and Her Companions (Pietrangeli)
  • Il Bell’Antonio (Bolognini)
  • Tutti a casa (Comencini)
  • It Was Night in Rome (Rossellini)
  • Kapo (Pontecorvo)

At the same time, a great many international productions with Hollywood actors were being filmed at the Cinecitta Studios in Rome. It was an extraordinary time, and we’ll examine it in detail, screening three films in full.

Intended Audience

This film course is suitable for both beginners and those wishing to improve their understanding of the history of films. The course is suitable for those who wish to explore the topic of Italian Cinema in 1960.

Delivery Style

This film course will be delivered as a lecture, and will include the screening of three films, along with excerpts from many others.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Excellent course! It is important that you continue to offer these study days: they are a vital element of Sydney’s cinema culture.