History and Criticism of the Cinema (i) (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alberto Scandola
Alberto Scandola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem 1A, Sem 1B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the most important landmarks in the history of cinema, with particular attention to the Hollywood and European context, and acquisition of a method of analysis of the film. The student must be able to place a film in its historical-cultural context demonstrating not only historical, linguistic and theoretical knowledge, but also the ability to process this knowledge in a well-argued synthesis.


The course aims to address the most important moments, phenomena and currents in the history of cinema from its origins to the present day. In particular, the course will focuses on the authors, theorists and films that have contributed not only to the development of cinematographic language, but also to the formation of the imagination of men and women of the twentieth century will be analyzed.

Movies to watch and study:

Susanna (1934), Quarto potere (1941), Roma città aperta (1945), La dolce vita (1960), Fino all'ultimo respiro (1959), Accattone (1961), Il Gattopardo (1965), L'avventura (1960), Mullholland Drive (2003), Babel (2006).
GLI STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI dovranno integrare i testi qui indicati con Jacqueline Nacache, L'attore cinematografico, Negretto, Mantova 2013.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Luca Malavasi Il linguaggio del cinema (con piattaforma online MyLab) Pearson 2019 8891908541
Paolo Bertetto (a cura di) Introduzione alla storia del cinema Utet 2005 8860083621

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam: three open questions. 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.