Ever since the motion-picture camera was invented, the film has been closely interrelated with literature. Not only did writers treat the new medium in their works, but they were also inspired by its specific mode of representation and tried to adopt filmic techniques in their writings. This thesis aims at examining how this cinematic influence is manifested in postmodern Italian fiction by analysing two Italian novels, namely Andrea De Carlos Uccelli da gabbia e da voliera and Antonio Tabucchis Notturno indiano. The theory part contains, firstly, a short introduction to intermediality, secondly, a detailed description of the filmic medium regarding its historical development as well as aesthetic features, thirdly, a comparative discussion of cinematic and literary discourse and, lastly, a summary of the socio-cultural conditions that had a major impact on literature during the 1980ies. The subsequent analysis showed that Uccelli da gabbia e da voliera features filmic references on any textual level throughout the whole novel, which is why it can be considered „cinematic“. Tabucchi, by contrast, solely uses literary structures that resemble filmic techniques, but are not genuinely cinematic. Hence, Notturno indiano cannot be classified as a „cinematic“ novel.