Analysis of films (m) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Alberto Scandola
Alberto Scandola
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Sem 1A, Sem 1B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The main objective of this course is to improve students understanding of the film language. At the end of the course students will be expected to have acquired a capacity to analyse the form and content of particular film texts and to demonstrate an understanding of traditions of filmmaking in different national and international contexts. Specifically, the course aims to provide the students with the main historiographic, theoretical and methodological tools related to the analysis of film, and further to present the application of specific models for the description and interpretation of the film.


The art cinema of the sixties.
After a brief introduction to the history of cinema and the analysis of the film, the course will focus on some case studies of what was one of the most brilliant moments of our cinema, or the sixties. Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Ferreri, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Marco Bellocchio intercept the malaise of a society in transformation and recount the alienation of individuals unable to maintain an authentic relationship with others and their own desires. The film analysis methodology will be applied to works such as Accattone, Dillinger è morto, La dolce vita, Il gattopardo, L'avventura, I pugni in tasca and others.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Augusto Sainati, Massimiliano Gaudiosi Analizzare i film Marsilio 2007 8831788566
Emiliano Morreale Cinema d'autore degli anni sessanta (IN FOTOCOPIE presso Copisteria LA RAPIDA) Il Castoro 2011 9788880335665
Giampiero Brunetta Il cinema italiano contemporaneo: da La Dolce vita a Centochiodi Laterza 2013

Assessment methods and criteria

WRITTEN EXAMINATION. The exam will test not only the ability to analyze the film text, but also the quality of written argumentation.The written test intends to verify that the student has improved his / her knowledge, skills, critical sensitivity, judgmental autonomy, and written expression skills in the field of analysis and research related to film history.