Since the early years of cinema Italy has consolidated its reputation as one of the world’s great film-making countries. In the silent era it was renowned for its costume dramas set in ancient Rome. After the end of World War Two it made a global impact first with neorealism and then with the work of brilliantly innovative directors such as Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. It has continued to experiment, export films and surprise audiences ever since. The lecture will trace the evolution of Italian cinema over 100 years, taking ten short scenes from films made between 1914 and 2014, one from each decade, to demonstrate how they developed new storytelling techniques and visual forms.