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  • 1. La dolce vita A cross-cultural activity for students of Italian as a second language April 27, 2009 Giuliana Guazzaroni, Sabrina Leone, Rustam Shadiev
  • 2. Let’s interact! What is “ La dolce vita” in your view? 1 A famous event in Italy 3 A famous Italian movie 2 A famous Italian restaurant 4 A famous tour in Italy
  • 3. La dolce vita…. … is a 1960 film directed by Federico Fellini.
  • 4. Let’s translate!! How would you translate “ La dolce vita” in your language?
  • 5. La dolce vita… … is the Italian for "The Sweet Life“.
  • 6. Objectives of this unit
    • Introduce a famous Italian movie;
    • interact to discover:
      • “ La dolce vita”;
      • famous locations in Rome;
    • compare Rome with other cities
    • around the world.
  • 7. Assessment
      • Interaction 20%;
      • participation 20%;
      • fluency 20%;
      • contents 30%;
      • vocabulary 10%.
  • 8. Brainstorming “ La dolce vita” makes me think to…
  • 9. La dolce vita: plot
    • The story is set in Rome in the 1950s.
    • Marcello ( Marcello Mastroianni ) is a young journalist (society gossip columnist) who spends his days between celebrities and rich people, seeking for short-lived joy in parties.
    • When a famous film star comes to Rome, he does everything he can to meet her, and when he does, he is totally charmed by her.
    • She is a Swedish-American movie star named Sylvia ( Anita Ekberg ) with whom he shares a moment in the Fontana di Trevi in Rome.
    • The film shows seven days and nights in the life of the reporter.
  • 10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKN1T3K1idg Let’s watch! La Fontana di Trevi
  • 11. Let’s complete! All the places below are related to the movie. Complete with the first/second part of famous places in Rome and add the source from which you retrieved information (e x.:______ Borghese (Villa Borghese; source: http://en.villaborghese.it/ ). 1.        Dome of ______ 2.        ______ Veneto 3.        Piazza del ______ 4.        ______ di Trevi
  • 12. Famous locations in Rome
    • Most of the film was shot at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome. Set designer Piero Gherardi created over eighty locations, including the Via Veneto , the dome of Saint Peter's with the staircase leading up to it, and various nightclubs.
    • Other sequences were shot on location such as the party at the aristocrats' castle filmed in the real Bassano di Sutri palace north of Rome.
    • Fellini combined constructed sets with location shots, depending on script requirements.
  • 13. La Fontana di Trevi
    • The famous scene in the Trevi Fountain was shot in March when nights were still cold.
    • Fellini claimed that Anita Ekberg stood in the cold water in her dress for hours without any trouble
    • Mastroianni had to wear a wetsuit beneath his clothes. It was only after "he polished off a bottle of vodka" that Fellini could shoot the scene with Mastroianni.
  • 14. Let’s find out new vocabulary!
    • The character of Paparazzo , the news photographer (played by Walter Santesso) who works with Marcello, is the origin of a funny word used in many languages to describe intrusive photographers.
    • Which one?
  • 15. Group work
    • Task 1 . Describe the protagonists by minimum 3 personal and 3 physical characteristics and then report to others:
        • Group A: describe Marcello;
        • Group B: describe Anita.
    • Task 2 . Talk about your experience:
        • Have you ever visited Rome? If you have, please tell us your impressions.
        • In this movie, is Rome the same city that you have visited or imagined?
  • 16. WebQuest (asynchronous task)
    • Prepare a short presentation in which you compare Rome with another city you have visited.
  • 17. References
    • Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_dolce_vita
    • YouTube Channel “Tesori di Roma”: http:// www.youtube.com/profile?gl = IT&hl = it&user = tesoridiroma
    • Movie database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053779/
    • Allmovie: http://www.allmovie.com/work/27906
    • Rai International http://www.italica.rai.it/cinema/film/dolcevita.htm
    Image: deglispiriti http://www.flickr.com/photos/73853155@N00/294649716/