Someone says that, in this puzzling era where reality is augmented, people share posts rather than experience and everything travels on top of an optical cable, memes will be the foundation of the upcoming digital culture. But what about trying to learn something about a specific culture through memes? Let’s discover how memes see Italy, Italians and Italian Culture in this article.
Everyone has heard by now about Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar. It’s the biggest internet news since that blue/black, gold/white dress that sent everyone into a panic. But another big name has waited quite awhile to receive his own oscar. While Ennio Morricone did receive an honorary oscar in 2007 for his contributions to the musical and cinematic community, he had yet to win one for a specific compostion he had done, UNTIL this past academy awards when he won for best soundtrack of the marvelous movie, The Hateful Eight directed by Quentin Tarantino.
When you think about Rome in movies, you suddenly face a bunch of titles that brutally take the scene, leaving little space to a whole genre which we could boldly call “romexploitation”.
Have you ever heard about the story of a wooden puppet who is able to walk, speak, eat and whose dream is to become a real boy? Of course you did! We are talking about Pinocchio, the main character of one of the most famous Italian children’s novels, “Le avventure di Pinocchio”, written by Carlo Collodi from Firenze.
I just found this map on the internet 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.
This is the first part of the transcription of our speech at the workshop Le parole sono importanti, organized by our friends from Happy Languges and hosted by our school on July, 28th 2014. We are confident it can provide some useful guideline to those, Italians or foreigners, are willing to implement the use of movies in their teaching method. The transcription is, of course, in Italian, but you can contact us and request a translation.
Italian cinema is a worldwide recognized excellence, so what better way to learn Italian than using movies? Today we learn how to describe a movie plot, starting from one of Benigni’s most famous comedies: “Il mostro”.
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A few days ago we posted an article about an hilarious viral video-parody of Christmas in Italy seen by the most famous italian movie directors. The clip turned out to be part of a viral campaign about a new Christmas comedy called, surprise surprise! “Ogni maledetto Natale”.
«everything lies underneath the idle talk, the noise, the silence and the feelings, the emotion and the fear… Rare and fickle sparks of beauty. And then the dreariness and the miserable»
After several months The Great Beauty is still debated among movie lovers: is the movie about Rome, about its inhabitants, about Italy’s decadent middle-upper class, or just a tale about a lost man and its nightmares?
With “The Great Beauty”, prized as best foreign movie at the Academy Awards, it seems that the city of Rome has taken back a central role in the international movie industry.
With the once-glorious Cinecittà Studios decayed beyond repair, Rome can at least exist in the Cinema as an elegant movie set. In recent years, many international productions were set in Rome, capitalizing its lights, its streets, its unique, chaotic beauty: Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts and Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love to name the most famous; maybe “The Great Beauty” success itself was also determined by this renewed appeal and interest in the city.