20711400 - Cinema and landscape

The course focuses on the representation of landscape in Italian cinema and the function it assumes from both narrative and socio-cultural perspectives. The course aims to provide methodological tools to develop critical, historical and theoretical reflection with respect to this iconographical system.
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In the first place, the course offers a theoretical and historical reflection on the role gained by the landscape in cinema, investigating its essential characteristics, its evolution over time and its gradual redefinition or resemantization. Then the class analyses cinema representations of landscape, identifying the most relevant forms and meanings it takes on within movies. Finally, the course proposes a taxonomy of landscape in Italian cinema of the 1950s and 1960s.

Core Documentation

– Sandro Bernardi, Il paesaggio nel cinema italiano, Venezia, Marsilio, 2002.
– Selection of essays edited by the teacher

Reference Bibliography

– S. Parigi, G. Ravesi (a cura di), Imago 9 – Il paesaggio nel cinema contemporaneo, Roma, Bulzoni, 2014. – M. Lefebvre (edited by), Landscape and film, New York-London, Routledge, 2006.

Type of delivery of the course

Frontal lessons, integrated with screenings of movies


Optional, but attendance is strongly recommended

Type of evaluation

Written final exam