Italian Through Film


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A Text for Italian Courses

Antonello Borra and Cristina Pausini

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This supplementary text for elementary to intermediate courses in Italian is structured around stimulating discussions of ten contemporary Italian films, among them Cinema Paradiso, La vita e bella, Mediterraneo, and Il postino. With a chapter devoted to each movie, the book effectively fosters a deeper understanding of both Italian language and culture, and it is adaptable for any level of language instruction.

Italian Through Film features: 
  • Films that are easily available from school video libraries or from video stores;
  • Pre-viewing, viewing, and post-viewing activities appropriate to the various films in each chapter;
  • Grammar review, vocabulary in context, listening comprehension, cultural and historical background, and discussion questions for language practice;
  • Exercises ranging in difficulty from elementary to highly sophisticated that are designed to enhance students’ vocabulary and cultural awareness as well as oral and written skills;
  • Boxed sections that provide information about the movie, director, plot, and certain cultural aspects specific to each movie;
  • Lists of Internet-based activities that expand aspects of each movie by exploring Italian websites.

Antonello Borra is assistant professor of Italian at the University of Vermont. Cristina Pausini is visiting assistant professor at Wellesley College.

“The choice of films is excellent, and the accompanying exercises are all valid and well constructed. Even the grammar exercises are appealing.”—Brian O’Connor, Boston College

"A compact, well-conceived college text, which aims in a most original and innovative way to build vocabulary, promote conversation practice, and review grammar through the viewing and study of Italian films. . . . Italian through Film successfully accomplishes its goals of enhancing vocabulary, teaching culture and reviewing grammar through film. Instructors and students alike will appreciate the wealth of learning possibilities packed into this well structured, inventive, and accessible text."—NECTFL Review

"The selection of films is excellent, and the accompanying activities are wide-ranging in difficulty and diversity. Instructors can choose films and exercises according to the age, interests, and ability of their classes. Italian through Film should be a valuable supplement to almost any Italian course."—Michael Warden, The Canadian Modern Language Review


"The prospect of designing an Italian language course devoted to 'classic' Italian film is now more exciting than daunting. Professors Borra and Pausini's text covers the essentials of language learning while granting the instructor freedom in tailoring such a course to his of her own interests. In sum, everyone will be able to say much more about these treasures of Italian film than before. Thank you to Borra and Pausini!"—Susan Joseph, Rocky Mountain Review
ISBN: 9780300100204
Publication Date: September 10, 2003
142 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
10 b/w illus.
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