History and Criticism of the Cinema SC (i) (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alberto Scandola
Alberto Scandola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the history of cinema and the method of analysis of the film. The course aims to provide students with the fundamental cornerstones of the history of cinema, which will be re-read in light of the relationship between the evolution of filmic language and the cultural transformations of society. The most important junctions that have characterized the history of cinema, such as the era of silent music, classical Hollywood, neorealism, the revolution of the nouvelles vagues and the advent of digital technology will be tackled. The student must be able to contextualize a specific film in the historical period in which the film was produced and demonstrate not only historical or theoretical knowledge, but also the ability to process this knowledge in a well-written and argued synthesis. The objective of this course, in short, is therefore to provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the historical and theoretical foundations for decoding, interpreting and analyzing the audiovisual products of contemporary visual culture.


The course aims to provide the student with an overview of the evolution of film language from the origins to the present. These are some of the topics covered: the European avant-gardes of the 1920s, totalitarian movies, Hollywood classic cinema, Italian neo-realism, Nouvelle Vague, Italian cinema of the sixties. Particular emphasis will be put on the problem of realism, a theoretical horizon that is still present at a time when new technologies seem to emancipate the camera from contact with reality.

Greed (Stroheim), Un chien andalou (Bunuel), Quarto Potere (Welles),Roma città aperta (Rossellini), La donna che visse (Hitchcock), La valle dell'Eden (Kazan), Fino all'ultimo respiro (Godard), La grande guerra (Monicelli), L'avventura (Antonioni), Una moglie (Cassavetes, L'enfant (Dardenne), Pulp Fiction (Tarantino), History of violence (Cronenberg), Inglorius bastards (Tarantino).

Gli studenti NON FREQUENTANTI sostituiranno gli appunti delle lezioni con la lettura di questi due saggi:
1. A. Sainati, M. Gaudiosi, Analizzare i film, Marsilio 2009.
2. P. Bertetto, a cura di, Azione! Come i registi dirigono gli attori, Minimum Fax, Roma 2001.
Dovranno comunque visionare i 13 film in programma.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Alberto Scandola GREED MIMESIS 2017 9788857538594
Giulia Carluccio, Luca Malavasi, Federica Villa IL CINEMA. PERCORSI STORICI E QUESTIONI TEORICHE CAROCCI 2015
GIAIME ALONGE Il cinema: tecnica e linguaggio. Un'introduzione KAPLAN 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam: three open questions. The questions will be three. The student must demonstrate mastery of the elements of film language, knowledge of the main junctions of film history and the ability to analyze the film texts in the program. In the answers, attending students will have to apply the method of film analysis learned in lesson and also mention the fragments of sequences shown in the classroom.YOU AGREE THAT YOU MAY HAVE TO BE TAKEN UP TO 5 MIN BEFORE THE END OF THE TEST, BUT ONE TIME DELIVERED THE TASK WILL NOT BE REFUSED BY THE VOTE.