I just found this map of Italy by Classic Italian film and thought it is very stimulating, especially if you consider that the most productive regions (Lombardia, Emilia Romagna, Lazio and Sicilia above all others) seem to work with genres that are seen as more appropriate to the cultural atmosphere of their specific territory.
For example, immersed in the grey metropolitan scenarios of the workaholic Lombardia you will find bright examples of Italian noir of the early 70s, later turned into the exploitation subgenre known as poliziottesco (I milanesi ammazzano al sabato, which by the way is not the exact title of the movie, is just one of many quotable classics: see also unforgettable masterpieces like Milano calibro 9 or Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare) or several titles referable to the commedia comica tradition (Il ragazzo di campagna with comedian Renato Pozzetto is just one of the many quotable productions: see also the trashy masterpiece Fratelli d’Italia or one of the many movies starring singer Adriano Celentano, such as Lui è peggio di me).
On the other hand, Emilia Romagna, with its endless plains and its decadent moods, blooms with titles by maestros such as Federico Fellini and Bernardo Bertolucci: the first with his oniric and almost mystic approach to reality, obvious in the quoted classic Amarcord; the latter with his majestic fresco of Italian history that is Novecento, somehow continuing the realist tradition of early XX century Italian literature and the moods of some late neorealist classics (see Il Gattopardo by Luchino Visconti).
Lazio, being the region of political and spiritual power, suffers from a sort of good tempered parochialism, offering more than a title strictly related to the cultural and linguistic features of Rome and its sorrounding: the renowned Marchese del Grillo stands alongside many other historical dramas set in the papal Rome, such as Nell’anno del Signore or In nome del Papa Re, all presenting very strict references to roman dialects and famous roman vernacular poets (Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli and Trilussa above all others); later, neorealism will draw with both hands from the dramatic experience of nazist occupation of Lazio (La ciociara) and from the postbellic and postindustrial despair in the big city (Accattone and Amore Tossico, both starring amateur actors picked up from the streets).
Finally, the harsh and yet amazingly beautiful scenario of Sicilia has inspired movies in which the cultural features of southern Italy are clearly recognizable: the unforgiving presence of traditional family, with its suffocating tentacles, and the women’s role are two main topics in movies such as Divorzio all’italiana and Sedotta e abbandonata, both by Pietro Germi; and yet this accurate analysis of sicilian social structures sometimes leaves room to a more surrealistic approach, such as the one offerd in Totò che visse due volte by Ciprì & Maresco. Interestingly enough, movies about Mafia are not that common, or at least not as much as a foreign viewer might think…
Italian language services is happy to present the Italian cinema through the pen of Italian writers and the eye of the Italian directors: we will present films based on Italian novels.
This short-course is designed for intermediate and upper-intermediate students of Italian.
The aim of this course is to expand the student’s knowledge of Italian cinema while improving their speaking, reading and listening skills through the participation in discussions based on selected scenes.
By taking part in this course, the students will expand and deepen their knowledge of Italian language and culture.The students will also develop a critical outlook and understanding of popular culture in Italian society by watching extracts and discussing selected movie scenes.
The teachers will use a communicative approach. All four skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing), will be practised, with emphasis on speaking.Students will also be offered guidance in self-study and be set optional homework tasks.
Dates: Sundays 5th/12th/ 19th June 2016
Number of hours per lesson:3
Total number of hours: 9
Time of lessons:13.30 – 16.30
Total price: £ 100
Location : Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square. London SX1X 8NX
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Italian Language Services at The Italian Cultural Institute
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In 1991, the cargo ship Vlora made port in Albania. 50,000 desperate Albanians descended on the Vlora, fleeing their Country’s oppressive regime. Around 20,000 refugees managed to get aboard setting sail to Italy. After the initial shock, a poorly organised >>>
Brothers Cosimo (Valerio Mastrandrea) and Elia (Elio Germano) work together in their own small building firm. They are hired by famous singer Fausto Mieli (Gianni Morandi) to do some works in his rural house, just before his big comeback concert. The >>>
The documentary tells the main episodes of Peppino Impastato’s life and his fight aganist Mafia, emphasizing his activity as an investigative journalist. When he was 15, Peppino became fully aware of what Mafia was when his uncle – a Mafia boss – was >>>
The Mafia only kills in the Summer tells the story of Arturo, a young boy growing up in Palermo – the fascinating and terrible city ruled by the Mafia- in 70s and 90s. He falls in love with his school friend Flora when they are still in primary school. >>>
Adapted from the book by Sandro Veronese, this is the story of Mate and Belinda: the only thing they have in common is their father. Mete, a young and expert graphologist, Belinda an evasive teen ager, have never seen each other before, but they are now >>>
Thirty-eight years after the never-fully-solved mystery of his death, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s reputation as a writer and polemicist is inevitably fading, although plenty of his poetry, novels and essays remain in print. But his films seem as current as they always were. Hardly a month goes by without a new Pasolini release on DVD/Blu-ray, and his name crops up as a point of reference in reviews of everyone from Sergei Paradjanov to Bruno Dumont. This two-part retrospective is the most comprehensive ever mounted in Britain, including all 13 of his features and virtually all of the shorts, documentaries and episodes from portmanteau movie (all in brand new prints courtesy of Luce Cinecittà, with many restored by Cineteca di Bologna). It offers an unprecedented chance to get to grips with one of the cornerstones of European film culture.
Date: Friday, March 01, 2013 – Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Watching a film in Italian, either at home or in class, is one of my students’ favourite activities to improve their language. And who can blame them! Films provide full immersion in Italian culture!
Let’s start with the soundtrack. Italy has some truly great film score composers (or ‘maestri‘) who are now almost as famous as their director colleagues. Film scores often powerfully evoke a particular historic period. Just think about La Dolce Vita, and perhaps you can hear the Nino Rota track in your head!
Then there’s location. From North to South, from Rome to Naples, from the mountains to the sea, watching an Italian film is one long, pleasant trip to Italy!
And finally, consider the language itself.You can watch, listen and learn. Different accents, a spot of dialect and the everyday Italian language and authentic dialogue you don’t often find in a textbook. You can find it all here. Film provides some hugely valuable insights into the country, its people, culture and language. So, now just choose your film, sit back and enjoy!
Buona visione, Antonio
Un classico: Ladri di biciclette also known as The Bicycle Thief, is a 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a poor man searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to be able to work.
Una commedia: Pranzo di ferragosto ( Mid-August lunch). The table is set for this very Italian, very funny, yet touching movie. It captures the essence of living the Italian life and the universal need for friendship and human contact at any age.
Pane e tulipani(Bread and Tulips) is a romantic Italian comedy. The film is by Italian director Silvio Soldini. After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.
Drammatico: Un borghese piccolo piccolo, literally meaning a petty petty bourgeois, also known in English as A Very Little Man, is a 1977 Italian drama film directed by Mario Monicelli. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Vincenzo Cerami. The first hour is a fine example of commedia all’italiana but the second part is a psychological drama and a tragedy.
Un giallo:Le conseguenze dell’amore also known as The Consequences of Love is a 2004 Italian psychological thriller film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. It tells the story of a lonely and secretive Italian businessman living in a Swiss hotel.
Drammatico, La meglio gioventù, (2003), an Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.
Un’altra commedia: Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons), Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself.
Una commedia “religiosa“:Habemus Papam,(We Have a Pope) is a 2011 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Nanni Moretti. Its original title is Habemus Papam, Latin for “We have a pope”, the phrase used upon the announcement of a new pope. The film stars Michel Piccoli as a cardinal who, against his wishes, is elected pope. Moretti co-stars as a psychiatrist who is called in to help the pope overcome his panic.
Drammatico: Il gioiellino (The Jewel) The movie helps to understand the largest bankrupt in Italian history, the description of how the CEO and CFO Parmalat hide a huge debt before collapsing.
Un giallo: Io Non Ho Paura (I’m Not Scared) is the story of a young boy in southern Italy that finds a child who has been kidnapped. Based on a true story. Director:Gabriele Salvatores
Un capolavoro:La grande bellezza (The Great beauty) Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist and once promising novelist, spends his easy life among Rome s high society in a swirl of rooftop parties and late-night soirees. But when he learns of the death of his friend s wife a woman he loved as an 18-year-old his life is thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes. Director:Paolo Sorrentino
Un altro classico:Nuovo Cinema Paradiso A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist.
Un premio Oscar:La vita è bella (Life Is Beautiful) is a 1997 Italian comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. Part of the film came from Benigni’s own family history; before Roberto’s birth, his father had survived three years of internment at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Drammatico:Il capitale umano (Human Capital), The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve.
Un giallo da premio Oscar:Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (Investigation of a citizen above suspicion ) is a 1970 Italian crime drama film directed by Elio Petri. It is a dramatic, psychological, black-humoured satire on corruption in high office, telling the story of a top police officer, played by Gian Maria Volonté, who kills his mistress, played by Florinda Bolkan, and then tests whether the police would charge him for this crime.
Una commedia:Il nome del figlio ( An Italian name), The extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona are expecting. At a dinner with Betta and Sandro, the refined and literate couple, and Claudio, the eccentric musician, one question will lead to an argument that will shake up the night: the name of Paolo and Simona’s son.
Una commedia:Smetto quando voglio ( I can quit whenever I want) A university researcher is fired because of the cuts to university. To earn a living he decides to produce drugs recruiting his former colleagues, who despite their skills are living at the margins of society.
Una giornata particolare (A Special Day): is a 1977 Italian film directed by Ettore Scola and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Set in Rome in 1938, its narrative follows a woman and her neighbor who stay home the day Adolf Hitler visits Benito Mussolini. The film has received several nominations and awards, including a César Award for Best Foreign Film in 1978 and two Oscar nominations in 1977, and it is featured on the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved.
Comedy, crime and drama in Mio fratello è figlio unico (My brother is an only child) Growing up in small-town Italy during the ’60s and ’70s, brothers Accio (Elio Germano) and Manrico (Riccardo Scamarcio) embody and celebrate opposing political stances, but share an impassioned love of the same woman that threatens to drive them to blows.
La pazza gioia (Like Crazy) another comedy and drama. This is a 2016 Italian film directed by Paolo Virzì, starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti. It tells the story of two women with different backgrounds who become friends while being treated at a mental institution.
The Regione Puglia, the Italian Cultural Institute in London and Accademia Apulia UK are honoured to present to the international community ”Home – My Place in the World”, a calendar of Made-in-Puglia events showcased at various prestigious locations in central London.
Between 16-21 July 2012 Puglia’s contemporary artistic heritage, culinary tradition and magnificent natural landscapes at the Italian Cultural Institute in London.
19th of July the film screening of Che bella Giornata
Will follow questions & answers with director Gennaro Nunziante and lead actor Checco Zalone.
Bruno Beltrame has let it all hang out, for quite a while. All that’s left of his old talent as a writer is just enough to ghost-write ‘other people’s books’. His passion for teaching has given way to a tiresome routine of tutoring equally apathetic students, including fifteen-year old Luca, who is as ignorant as the others, but vivacious and irreverent.
Date: Friday, March 09, 2012 – Saturday, March 10, 2012
Opening times: Fri 9 Mar 6.30pm; Sat 10 Mar 4.30pm
Venue: Ciné Lumière 17 Queensbury Place, London SW7 2DT
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Primo inverno. 1999. Camilla lascia il paese d’origine e si trasferisce ……..Venezia ……… frequentare l’università. Sul vaporetto incontra Silvestro: il sorriso chiaro, le idee molto meno. Un po’ ……… caso e un po’ per intenzione, il ragazzo perde l’ultima corsa del vaporetto della sera e passa la notte insieme……….. lei. In mezzo scorrono l’amicizia, la paura, il dubbio, le impennate di orgoglio, l’incredulità.