The contents are about the history of cinema as a story of authors and films, following a chronological progression (the origins, the silent screen, and the talkies) and a geographic collocation (USA, Western Europe, Soviet Union, etc.). We will take into consideration, among the others, several film directors: Griffith, Ejzenstejn, Stroheim, Chaplin, Dreyer, Ford, Bunuel, Welles, Renoir, Bergman, Hitchcock, Antonioni, Fellini, Godard, Coppola, Kubrick, Moretti, and Tarantino. We will also look at movements as the German Expressionism, the Soviet avant-garde, the French poetic realism, the Italian neorealism, the nouvelles vagues of the 1960s, the iperrealism and the post-modernism of the last decades. In addition, various fields of critical reading will be identified: the representation (space and time dimensions), the narrative (situations, actions, and transformations), the communication (relationship between author and audience). Last, referring to the type of images elaborated by Gilles Deleuze, the main varieties of image-movement will be considered in detail: image-perception, affection, instinct, action.