Saturday, November 16th, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
The making of an unexpected masterpiece
In the Spring of 1944, during the last few months of the German occupation of Rome, Roberto Rossellini was able to shoot Roma Città Aperta in dire circumstances.
Why was the production of the film close to miraculous?
Who are the protagonists in front and behind the scenes involved in this, mostly, unplanned adventure?
Why did Roma Città Aperta become a defining symbol of Neorealism, a new style that swept the old cinema away?
How could a handful of filmmakers, with nowhere to turn and nothing to work with, give birth to the most important artistic period in Italian cinema?
In this workshop, you’ll find the answers to these and to many other questions about the fascinating journey of the making of Roma Città Aperta.
Saturday, October 26th, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Would you like to learn, once and for all, how to construct correctly the Italian ‘if clauses’? If you had the opportunity to attend an interesting and entertaining workshop, wouldn’t you be glad? If the class were conveniently offered at the Istituto Italiano Scuola on a nice Saturday afternoon, would you take it? Learn to understand whether your hypothetical phrase is likely, probable or impossible and apply the prescribed sequence that the tenses must follow.
The Italian language is undergoing radical changes which seems to please many speakers and worry experts and lovers of the Bella Lingua: the subjunctive is disappearing; the remote past tense is used less and less and the recent introduction of so many anglicisms might indicate a new process of linguistic evolution. Nevertheless, other languages from the past, dialects, slangs, and jargon have always done their part in shaping Italian as we know it today.
You might be surprised, intrigued, or even amused to discover how Italian is evolving into something “new”.