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

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alberto Scandola
Alberto Scandola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
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. At the end of the course students will be expected to have acquired a capacity to analyze the form and content of particular film texts and to demonstrate an understanding of traditions of filmmaking in different national and international contexts.


*First part:
The cinema of the origins
The avant-garde of the European dumb
Hollywood classic cinema
Italian neorealism
The Nouvelles vagues of the sixties
*Second part:
The actor in contemporary Hollywood cinema. What divistic models does the Hollywood industry offer? What does it mean to build a star? What are the types of masculinity embodied by Hollywood stars? To these and other questions will try to answer the course, focusing on the analysis of some divinity figures such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Tom Cruise.
frontal lesson with projection of audiovisual sequences

Mandatory is the study of the following films:
Nosferatu (1921), Quarto potere (1941), Rome open city (1945), La dolce vita (1960), Until the last breath (1959), Accattone (1961), The Wrestler (2008), Eyes Wide Shut (1999) ), Revenant (2016), The Departed (2006), Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS must integrate the texts indicated here with Jacqueline Nacache, the film actor, Negretto, Mantova 2013.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Alberto Scandola (a cura di) Hollywood Men. Immagine, mascolinità e performance nel cinema americano contemporaneo Kaplan 2017 8899559120
Luca Malavasi Il linguaggio del cinema (con piattaforma online MyLab) Pearson 2019 8891908541 Uno strumento davvero efficace per capire come funziona il linguaggio dei film. Con un doppio sviluppo: su carta e digitale. Il volume cartaceo presenta un’introduzione storica e teorica alla tecnica e al linguaggio filmico – dalla pre-produzione alla produzione, sino alla post-produzione –, in un percorso che dalla scrittura giunge al montaggio. In parallelo, la piattaforma online MyLab, compresa nel prezzo, offre analisi puntuali dei singoli elementi che caratterizzano il linguaggio cinematografico, esemplificandoli tramite sequenze estratte da film. In MyLab i lettori potranno inoltre trovare la versione digitale del volume, domande di autovalutazione ed esercizi di analisi.
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.