Teaching workshop

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The goal is to provide students with knowledge and methodologies useful for understanding the conceptual evolution and the languages through which cinema has told the dictatorship, from the early years of this innovative industry to today.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: The course aims to provide students with skills concerning the history of cinema between the two wars, with particular reference to cultural and technical aspects.
Skills: Ability to understand and analyze film products using a complex and polysemic perspective.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures will be delivered in presence, if possible, otherwise remotely, in synchronous/asynchronous mixed format.
On the course page on Ariel, students will be able to find all the information on the lectures and any changes to the programme and its related documents in case of lockdown.
The final work will take in ways which will be communicated during the lessons
Course syllabus
Professor: Emanuela Scarpellini
Tutor : Stefano Giani

Cinema at war. War cinema. War on the cinema. A preposition can change the meaning of a concept expressed in just few words. The workshop aims to address this issue from a non-lexical but a historical and social aspect, applied to the Seventh Art. What was and what form did cinema have in the years around the two world wars that closely looked at European totalitarianisms in the 1900s. A detailed and in-depth excursion behind the histoire evenementielle will lead to underlining the traits that characterize and accelerate the development of world cinema which, between the two wars, passes from silent to sound, extends the duration of films and crosses the most diverse genres.

A particular focus will be dedicated to Charles Chaplin's film The great dictator who turned eighty in 2020 and represents a bridge work between the two wars , staging a story that begins at the end of the first conflict and introduces the crisis that will lead to the second. The film highlights the heterogeneous characteristics of war cinematography which, especially after the achievement of peace, seems to want to look back and tell the story of past sufferings. In some cases, as still in the Chaplinian "Dictator", apocalyptic political scenarios are foreshadowed, perhaps the only case in history. Along with many other titles, a reference will also be made to Nothing New on the Western Front, a novel by Eric Maria Remarque, released in 1928 and that only 51 years later became a film about the Great War.

The workshop will be divided into ten weekly meetings, will give the right to 3 credits, tolerate up to a maximum of two total absences and is aimed at no more than thirty students, interested in tackling and following a topic that is still very current today and debated through a trend - that of World War II - which never ceases to monopolize public attention.
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Lessons are supported by slides and electronic materials. Attendance is mandatory.
Teaching Resources
All needed materials will be indicated during the lessons.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final work consists in writing a short essay on the topics presented during the laboratory, aimed at ascertaining the acquired skills.
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours