12 masterpieces of Italian cinema to learn this beautiful language
Remember your old language classes at school and institute. The teacher probably made you listen to recordings or watch videos.
And if it were possible to work your understanding in the same way while watching movies and series?
In fact, the idea is nothing bad to learn a language. Here, we are going to speak Italian, but the method is the same for other languages (English, French, German, etc.). Remember that although at first you only understand a few words, as you see more, your level of understanding will increase without realizing it. Also, movies are a great help when discovering the customs and daily life of the different cities of Italy, the different accents, etc.
We have selected, therefore, 12 cult films, more or less recent, that will allow you to begin your learning of Italian and Italian culture.
To do it right, you have to go through the following stages:
Watch the Italian movie in original version with Spanish subtitles.
Then put on the same movie in the original version with Italian subtitles.
Watch the movie again in the original version without subtitles.
In this way, you can start listening, reading and vocabulary of the Italian language. Italian grammar will come with your free or paid Italian course.
Repeat stage 1 with as many movies as necessary before moving on to stage 2. The idea is that you feel how to learn at your own pace.
That said, let’s move on to our initial theme: the 12 movies you have to watch to learn Italian.
Discover, in addition, everything you need to know about Italian culture.
The last kiss: L’ultimo bacio
The last kiss is a film directed by Gabriele Muccino in 2001. The main actors are:
The last kiss is Gabriele Muccino’s 3rd movie. With numerous awards, he has received, among others, five David di Donatello (the equivalent of the Goya):
Best Supporting Actress (Stefania Sandrelli).
There is an American remake of L’ultimo Bacio.
The synopsis of this film is very simple: we follow several couples of Italian couples in their thirties, in crisis. After a few years of life in common, certain problems arise in couples who give adultery and disappointment (or hate). The film revolves around the themes of love, concern over time and old age.
According to viewers, the film is a realistic chronicle of love in modern times. The interpretation of the actors means that we can fully identify with them and that we enter fully into these stories, both touching and touching. Of course, without entering the typical cliches of comedies of customs.
If you like the movie, give the second part a chance. Kiss me again (Baciami ancora). Will not disappoint you.
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Beyond ‘Suburra’: 7 Italian series that you can watch on demand
Tomorrow comes the premiere of the second season of Suburra. The series, which we can see on Netflix, is a prequel to the 2015 film with the same name. Suburra is what an old Roman neighborhood is called and this criminal drama premiered in 2017 is set in it. Again, it serves as a starting point to talk about Italian corruption from a darker perspective. We take advantage of its premiere, and its similarity with titles such as Romanzo criminale or Gomorra, to talk about other Italian productions that can currently be seen on demand.
In 2015, Sky Italia launched an Italian political series that immediately became the talk. Bold, direct and with a position that reminded us of our Crematorium, 1992 presented a narrative of what was the Mani Puliti operation, an operation launched from the Milan prosecutor’s office that pursued the situation of widespread corruption in Italy. Far from staying there, the series premiered a second season (1993) and the 1994 premiere is expected for this year, with which the trilogy would close.
Shortly after the success of Elite, Netflix premiered Baby, a youth-cutting series that follows the life of Ludovica and Chiara, two young people who work part-time prostitution. Again, it is a production based on a police file, in this case that of the Baby Squillo operation that occupied the Italian press a few years ago, and that involved influential people in the country in the trafficking of minors. The success was enough for Netflix to immediately confirm a second season that still has no date.
In 2006, Roberto Saviano published a rather journalistic book that uncovered the operation and part of the consequences of the Neapolitan Camorra. The success was such that years later there was a movie and the series was announced with Gomorra, a series that has just presented the trailer for its fourth season and will be released next April. It talks about the fight of drug trafficking for the control of different areas, focusing on the clans of the Savastano and the Conte.
‘The great friend’
Confirmed for a second season, the great friend is based on the saga Two friends of Elena Ferrante. Once again set in Naples, it tells the relationship between Lila and Elena, where the second will write about their relationship of more than six decades when Lila disappeared. The friendship that unites them, far from being simple, combines admiration and closeness with jealousy that has always made them have a complicated relationship.
‘The Young Pope’
Co-produced between the European companies Wildside, Hart et Court TV and Mediapro, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Jude Law, The Young Pope gave the bell in 2016. Nominated for two Emmy, explains the rise of Pope Pius XIII (fictional figure) . Beyond the Pope himself, the interest of the series is the reflection of the intrigues and Vatican operations, becoming a production of difficult cataloging. Its continuation, The New Pope, does not arise as much as an extension of the plot, as a new production with a common essence.