Cinema and audiovisual communication (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alberto Scandola
Alberto Scandola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Academic sector
Language of instruction
CuCi IA, CuCi IB

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the most important landmarks in the history of cinema, with 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 film texts and to demonstrate an understanding of traditions of filmmaking in different national and international contexts.


The course aims to offer a broad overview of the evolution of the cinematographic language from its origins to the present day, with particular attention to the influence that new technologies and digital platforms have had in the production, distribution and reception systems of audiovisual texts. After an introduction to the main junctions in the history of cinema (the avant-garde silent films, classic Hollywood, neorealism, modern cinema, contemporary cinema), the course will focus on the issue of divism and the communication strategies implemented by contemporary stars on social networks. Some case studies such as Scarlett Johansson, Marilyn Monroe, Pierfrancesco Favino, etc. will be analyzed.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Vanni Codeluppi Il divismo. Cinema, televisione, web Carocci editore 2017
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 or four 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.