Anno accademico 2019-2020


Marco Rossitti
Anno di corso: 1
Totale crediti: 9
Tipologia: Caratterizzante
Periodo didattico: Secondo Periodo
Lingua insegnamento: ITALIANO
Prerequisiti. No special requirements are required in addition to a good general culture.
Metodi didattici. The course includes a series of lectures integrated with technical lessons and practical seminars, screenings, meetings with experts and film professionals and possible educational visits. Students may also be asked to draw up a short or a short essay, individually or in groups, whose contents must be previously agreed with the teacher. The papers will be presented and evaluated during the examination.
Modalità di verifica. The learning will be evaluated through a written test, lasting about three hours, during which the student will be required to illustrate in a broad and articulate some topics chosen by the teacher among those treated in class. The recording of the vote will take place after a week or so, at the end of an oral test during which the results of the written exam and of any individual or group work will be analyzed and discussed.
Altre informazioni. Attendance at lessons is strongly recommended. Non-attending students are invited to agree with their teacher, well in advance, their exam program.


The course aims to provide students with adequate technical, aesthetic and cultural skills, which he can use, with equal profit, both in the critical and interpretative activities of filmic texts and in the design and production of audiovisual products. By the end of the course the student will:

Knowledge and understanding

– understand the historical phases in cinema’s use of language and editing technique, paying equal attention to questions of a technical, and a theoretical and aesthetic, nature;

– understand the main techniques, methodologies and practices in cinema as well as the professional vocabulary (both in English and Italian), concerning theory and criticism and the production process, which is generally used in the field.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding

– know how to analyse a film script by critically examining its technical and linguistic features and stylistic and aesthetic qualities;

– know how to plan and make a short film, whether fictional or low cost documentary, and display the knowhow and skill to manage the main stages in the production process, with the help of both hardware and software, from the conceptualisation stage, through creative writing to story boarding and from filming through editing to colour correction.

Independent judgement

– know how to distinguish between a number of different cinematic products, whether fiction or documentary, and evaluate those that best exploit the communicative and expressive potential of the language and the cutting process.

Communicative ability

– know how to display an understanding, in clear and appropriate language and both orally and in writing, of specific theoretical and technical issues in the making of a film.

Learning skills

– know how to choose and profitably utilise the bibliographic tools best suited for exploring and updating knowledge and the technological and computer resources most appropriate for satisfying specific needs and solving problems of a technical and practical nature.


The general part of the course constitutes an introduction to the fundamental principles of film form and technique, through the analysis of exemplary cinematographic sequences, with continuous references between theory and praxis and a particular attention to the evolution of film storytelling and editing. The monographic part will deepen, from time to time, the poetics and aesthetics of an author; the characters, the environments, the narrative situations typical of a cinematographic genre and their infinite metamorphoses and variations; the proposals and outcomes of a film movement, etc.

General part: 1. Theories and techniques of cinematographic language. 2. Film editing: models, techniques, processes. 3. The adventures of “non-fiction”: sub-genres, methodologies and techniques of documentary macro-genre.

Monographic part: 1. “Truth is beauty”. Edoardo Winspeare’s cinema.


For the general part: Gianni Rondolino-Dario Tomasi, “Manuale del film. Linguaggio, racconto, analisi”, UTET, Torino 2007; three volumes of the “Universal Film” series (Lindau publishing house in Turin), which will be assigned by the teacher to each student.

For the monographic part: Marco Rossitti, “Verità è bellezza. Il cinema di Edoardo Winspeare”, Manni Editori, San Cesario (LE) 2019; handouts by the teacher.

A general recommended Bibliography will be provided in class.

N.B. For the purposes of the examination it is mandatory to have a thorough knowledge of at least twenty films (fifteen for the general part, five for the monographic part) among those analyzed in the course and listed in a general Filmography that will be provided by the teacher during the course of lessons.