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LITERATURE AND CINEMA
LETTERATURA E CINEMA

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Roberto Mario Danese by appointment by email
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English French Spanish
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Communication Sciences (L-20)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

In an era in which the narrative and poetic languages are increasingly tense to intermediality, with a strong directionality towards the audiovisual narration, it is important to prepare students to decode the rhetoric by which he film diegesis is built. This rethoric is the basis of languages of all forms of audiovisual narrative, the film, to the drama, to documentaries, to television service, to video games.It is therefore necessary to study the specificity of film language compared to literary. At the end of the study program the student is expected to master the basic elements of film language, with the ability to read the expressive specificity of a film and the differences generated by the translation process, compared to the development of style of a literary text.

Program

1. Introduction on course.

2. The language of film: general considerations. Vision and analysis of segments and an entire movie that represent a significant example of the specificity of film language.

3. The intersemiotic translation.

4. Examples of translation from literary language to the filmic language: Zazie dans le metro by Louis Malle; Medea by Lars von Trier; O Brother Where Art Thou? by Coen Bros.; Portrait of a Lady by Jane Campion.

5. Analysis of a movie significant for the interpretation of the cinematic language.

6. The Myth of Oedipus

7. The Myth of Oedipus in cinema.

8. Pier Paolo Pasolini, Edipo re.

9. Toshio Matsumoto, Funeral Parade of Roses.

10. Alan Parker, Angel Heart.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

knowledge and ability to understand: Students will have to get to know the basics of narratology and intersemiotic translation, as well as the functioning of cinematographic language and, more generally, the functioning of visual languages, in the perspective of reading and interpreting narratives that are also heterogeneous with respect to cinema, but play on the hybridization of styles and genres.

Applied knowledge and comprehension skills: On the basis of the comparison between literary text and filmic text, students will have to acquire the ability to detect the different communicative potentialities of the filmic text with respect to the scriptural text, together with the possibility of analyzing with awareness the expressive design systems in the film both at the level of direction and at the level of script and technical realization (photography, editing, music, camera movements etc.).

Autonomy of judgement: At an applied level, the student will have to acquire the ability to evaluate the aesthetic and rhetorical characteristics of a literary text with respect to a filmic text, to judge the formal peculiarities of the filmic text, to critically examine the communicative policies of cultural systems in the use of audiovisual narratives (commercials, news, documentaries, television series etc.).

Communication skills: the tools acquired by the student at the end of the course should allow him to approach the film product with the ability of critical judgment and to be able to produce texts of analysis and dissemination of the cultural product (reviews, essays, files). The written test integrated with the oral test aims to teach the student to use written communication in a correct way in terms of adequate transmission of the ideas developed and, above all, functional synthesis of content: from this point of view, the characteristics of the written test are essential, i.e. a series of open questions, with a predetermined answer space. In this way the student is guided to develop a short text in which he/she synthesizes only the information necessary to answer the question. The oral test, consisting of in-depth analysis of the results of the written test, must demonstrate that the student is able to consciously discuss problems related to the forms of artistic communication covered in the course.

ability to learn: The student will have to acquire the ability to move autonomously in the research of bibliographies and filmographies, using the main instruments of investigation, specifically dedicated to cinema and its relationship with literature. In particular, the student must be able to consult filmographic databases and manage the basic tools for the analysis of audiovisual files, as well as compile filmographic files.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Frontal lessons, seminars and tutorials.

Course books

The reference literature, the reading of which will be specified by the teacher during the lessons are (also in translation in other languages):

-Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

-other books may be indicated during the lessons.

For the basics of the language of film, students will study in full:

-G. Rondolino-D. Tomasi, Manuale del film, Torino, UTET 2006

The course is scheduled for total vision of the following films:

-Edipo re by P.P. Pasolini (1967)

-Funeral Parade of Roses by T. Matsumoto (1969)

-Angel Heart by A. Parker (1987)

-other movies may be indicated during the lessons

Assessment

Oral exam: the test will serve to ascertain the student's ability to argue on the topics proposed by the exam program, also showing the ability to formulate independent critical judgments on works and topics of which, based on the expected learning outcomes, a solid acquisition. The evaluation, expressed out of thirty, will therefore take into account both the degree of acquisition of knowledge on the expressive techniques of cinema and the dynamics of intersemiotic translation between literature and cinema, as well as the ability to apply them to the production of judgments and personal texts, inherent to the relationship between literature and cinema.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

The student, through individual study, will have to learn the fundamentals of cinematographic language, be aware of the main historical references to the films in the program and be able to evaluate the process of intersemiotic translation between literary text and filmic text. The main topics of the course, developed during the lessons according to a didactic methodology, also of a laboratory type, cannot correspond in their entirety to the basic bibliographical titles indicated in the program for students nor, even less so, to the filmological analyses proposed during the lessons. Therefore, they will have to be integrated with in-depth readings that, in some way, provide the theoretical and methodological basis to proceed autonomously to the analysis and comprehension of the texts and themes in the program, as well as with the integral vision, possibly in the original language, of the films in the program.

In order to pass the exam, a complete and in-depth knowledge of the topics listed under Program Information is required.

The teacher is available for any clarification of a didactic nature and for any proposals for alternative programs.

Course books

The reference literature, the reading of which will be specified by the teacher during the lessons are (also in translation in other languages):

-Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

-other books may be indicated during the lessons.

For the basics of the language of film, students will study in full:

-G. Rondolino-D. Tomasi, Manuale del film, Torino, UTET 2006

For the topics covered during the lessons, the following are to be studied:

M. Fusillo, La Grecia secondo Pasolini. Mito e cinema, Carocci 2007 e successive ristampe

R.M. Danese, Edipo al funerale delle rose. L’Edipo re di Sofocle nel cinema di Toshio Matsumoto, in Edipo classico e contemporaneo, a c. di F. Citti, A. Iannucci, Hildesheim 2012, pp. 309-342 (the text will be provided in the Blended Learning platform)

R.M. Danese, Edipo nell'inferno del noir: da Sofocle al cinema di Alan Parker, in Compagni di Classici II, Torino 2019, pp. 73-88 (the text will be provided in the Blended Learning platform)

The course is scheduled for the total vision of the following films:

-Edipo re by P.P. Pasolini (1967)

-Funeral Parade of Roses by T. Matsumoto (1969)

-Angel Heart by A. Parker (1987)

-other movies may be indicated during the lessons

Assessment

Oral exam: the test will serve to ascertain the student's ability to argue on the topics proposed by the exam program, also showing the ability to formulate independent critical judgments on works and topics of which, based on the expected learning outcomes, a solid acquisition. The evaluation, expressed out of thirty, will therefore take into account both the degree of acquisition of knowledge on the expressive techniques of cinema and the dynamics of intersemiotic translation between literature and cinema, as well as the ability to apply them to the production of judgments and personal texts, inherent to the relationship between literature and cinema.

Notes

The course is mainly held in Italian. 

Important. Both attending and non-attending students will have to register on time on the Blended Learning platform for this course. In this way they will be able to access the loaded teaching materials, the notifications and the Forum dedicated to them. Please note that all notices sent by the teacher on the Blended Learning platform will be sent only to the students' institutional addresses (nomeutente@campus.uniurb.it).

-Degree Theses. Students who intend to carry out or are carrying out thesis work in this discipline will be called to collective meetings, during which the topics, times and ways of preparing the thesis will be agreed upon and managed. Appointments can be agreed upon during the course and will be communicated through Blended Learning (Moodle).

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