IT205-Italian Cinema I

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Part 1 Italian or by arrangement
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Claudia Tardelli


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module aims to introduce students to the history of Italian cinema, and to the theories and works of Italian film directors such as Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, De Santis, Fellini, and others.

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of Italian film history from the silent period to the post-war auteur cinema, as well an appreciation of the cultural and political context in which that history unfolded. Lectures and seminars will focus on significant works from some of the most accomplished filmmakers in world cinema: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Giuseppe De Santis, Federico Fellini, and others. We will focus on the close examination of individual films, with an emphasis on their construction, while at the same time relating the film’s style and content to its historical context.

Assessable learning outcomes:

•a knowledge of the basic outline of the history of Italian cinema; the ability to relate the style and content of a film to its historical context; the acquisition of competence in analysing film texts.
•the effective and critical expression of this understanding and analysis in classroom discussions and in coursework essays.

Additional outcomes:

•an appreciation of the importance of debates about the social function of cultural forms;
•the ability to look hard and listen closely, to remember what has been seen and heard, and to reflect analytically on those experiences;
•the ability to consider emotional relationships; in conceptual terms
•the acquisition of a basic semiotic vocabulary for articulating the relationship between words, images and meanings;

Outline content:
The module will explore the following topics:

  • how feature films tell stories;
  • how films are shot and put together;
  • what films were made in Italy;
  • how the cinema industry operates;
  • what the neorealists were trying to do, why they were trying to do it, and what issues this raises.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, classroom analysis of film extracts, seminars, the latter requiring preparatory research, film viewing, reading and group discussion. Students will take it in turns to present topics for the seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15 15
Guided independent study 85 85
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Students will write two essays of 2,000-2,500 words each. The average of the two marks will form the student's assessment mark.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in Part 2 as a whole, or (for compulsory modules only) of failure to qualify in Part 2. 

    Coursework for reassessment must be resubmitted by 12 NOON on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, at 12 NOON on the next working day thereafter. 

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 19 September 2018


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