FILM HISTORY AND CRITICISM
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course goes through the history of cinema, from its origins to the contemporary.
The course aims to provide students with the tools necessary to acquire the ability to know and critically analyze the audiovisual text.
Course contents summary
The course is divided into two modules
focuses on the general history of cinema facing the following topics:
- Silent cinema –
- The cinematographic genres –
- The sound in Europe and America –
- Italian neorealism –
- The Italian comedy –
- The author's cinema –
- The European "new waves" of the Sixties –
- Postmodern cinema and contemporary cinema
A monographic journey on Steven Spielberg. The deepening of the author will give the possibility to work in particular way on the cinematographic genres frequented by the author and, in general, on the cinema of the New Hollywood and of the contemporary film industry.
- K. Thompson, D. Bordwell, "Storia del cinema. Un'introduzione" (McGraw-Hill Education)
- A. Bazin, “Che cos’è il cinema”, (Garzanti)
- monographic issue edited by A. Minuz, n. 7 (2015) "Jaws Experience (1975-2015)" on the academic journal "Cinergie. Il Cinema e le altre arti", downloadable online:
- G. King, “La Nuova Hollywood. Dalla rinascita degli anni Sessanta all’era dei blockbuster” (Einaudi, 2004)
Frontal lessons. During the lessons the topics of the course will be discussed in depth and some films will be screened. Furthermore, at the beginning of the lessons, a list of films to be seen will be provided in order to pass the exam. The lessons will be structured with the aim of stimulating the students to discuss and debate on the topics dealt with in the classroom. The course is also proposed in blended mode (Elly distance learning platform).
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam will be oral and aimed at verifying the ability to understand and learn the texts in the program and the audiovisuals indicated for passing the exam. The evaluation criteria will be linked to the degree of satisfaction with respect to the mentioned parameters.
Students who do not regularly attend will refer to what is indicated in the examination bibliography/filmography. An assessment of insufficiency is determined by the lack of knowledge of the minimum contents of the course. A sufficient evaluation (18-23/30) is determined by an acceptable level of preparation by the student of the abovementioned evaluation indicators; the average scores (24-27/30) are awarded to the student who proves to have a level more than sufficient (24-25/30) or good (26-27/30) of the above evaluation indicators, the highest scores ( from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded based on the demonstration of a level from excellent to excellent.