Cinema and the Written Word B

Languages & Cultures, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 19660

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Other pre-requisites Students must be studying the Italian language

Module description

In this module students will be introduced to the techniques of reading films by examining the functions and significance of lighting, mise-en-scene, framing, sound etc. The course will also introduce them to basic theoretical tools used in the analysis of cinema, such as narratology and semiotics. It will therefore provide a sound grounding in the techniques of reading both for cinematic content and form. In the last weeks of the course, the students will be supervised as they prepare a project in which they apply the techniques learnt to specific Italian films.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars and classes. The assessment consists of a 3500 word project, devised with support from the tutor.