Italian Film Study

EF Film Study Program: La vita e' bella
ISBN: 978-0-9824845-2-4
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Roberto Benigni's Oscar-winning La vita è bella is timeless in that it not only helps students learn Italian but also provides a cultural, political and historical perspective on the historic events of the Holocaust.

Discussions and analyses throughout this intermediate-advanced level text aim to deepen the student's abilities to search, interpret and express opinions.

  • Text covers nine, 10 to 20-minute sequences of the film plus an upfront discussion on Benigni and his works.
  • “Spunti culturali” are included for each sequence to enrich cultural knowledge of this historic time in history as relates to the film.
  • Comprehension, grammar and vocabulary exercises are extensively varied.
  • 86 pages, soft cover, ISBN 978-0-9824845-2-4
  • No DVD included.

The Edizioni Farinelli Film Study Program is the most systematic approach to learning Italian through film. Teachers can keep their curriculum fresh and interesting by introducing film as an excellent practice activity. University students and self-study learners build language skills through focused viewing of Italian film. Mature high school students on the preparatory track for standardized exams in Italian enjoy film while improving their knowledge of language and culture.

“Villa-Sella offers varied and effective tools with La vita è bella to immerse intermediate-level Italian students into Italian language and culture. Both the instructor and student explore historical and ethical issues, beyond delving into themes such as love, trust, responsibility, and the beauty of life itself. There is indeed plenty to discuss and ponder inside and outside the classroom.”
Giovanna Summerfield
Associate Professor, Italian and French
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
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