La dolce vita A cross-cultural activity for students of Italian as a second language April 27, 2009 Giuliana Guazzaroni, Sabrina Leone, Rustam Shadiev
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
La dolce vita…. … is a 1960 film directed by Federico Fellini.
Let’s translate!! How would you translate “ La dolce vita” in your language?
La dolce vita… … is the Italian for "The Sweet Life“.
Objectives of this unit <ul><li>Introduce a famous Italian movie; </li></ul><ul><li>interact to discover: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ La dolce vita”; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>famous locations in Rome; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>compare Rome with other cities </li></ul><ul><li>around the world. </li></ul>
Brainstorming “ La dolce vita” makes me think to…
La dolce vita: plot <ul><li>The story is set in Rome in the 1950s. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>She is a Swedish-American movie star named Sylvia ( Anita Ekberg ) with whom he shares a moment in the Fontana di Trevi in Rome. </li></ul><ul><li>The film shows seven days and nights in the life of the reporter. </li></ul>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKN1T3K1idg Let’s watch! La Fontana di Trevi
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
Famous locations in Rome <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Fellini combined constructed sets with location shots, depending on script requirements. </li></ul>
La Fontana di Trevi <ul><li>The famous scene in the Trevi Fountain was shot in March when nights were still cold. </li></ul><ul><li>Fellini claimed that Anita Ekberg stood in the cold water in her dress for hours without any trouble </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Let’s find out new vocabulary! <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Which one? </li></ul>
Group work <ul><li>Task 1 . Describe the protagonists by minimum 3 personal and 3 physical characteristics and then report to others: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group A: describe Marcello; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group B: describe Anita. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Task 2 . Talk about your experience: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have you ever visited Rome? If you have, please tell us your impressions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In this movie, is Rome the same city that you have visited or imagined? </li></ul></ul></ul>
WebQuest (asynchronous task) <ul><li>Prepare a short presentation in which you compare Rome with another city you have visited. </li></ul>