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Recent Italian films: Veloce come il vento

2017-05-28 • By

There are some recent Italian films that are going in a new direction. Good quality films with an eye on market.

You know what I think? Dramas, poetic comedy- dramas √† la Beningni’s Life Is Beautiful and films with the last TV-comedian in the leading role are not enough. It’s time for something different.

Recently some Italian directors are finally experimenting an Italian way to other genres: science fiction (like They call me Jeeg) and action movies.

Among these I would place Veloce come il vento, also known with the international title Italian Race. Here’s the trailer in Italian. This is the first motor race movie among recent Italian films I remember. Actually, I think it’s the only motor race Italian film ever.

Which is interesting, if you think that there’s a whole Italian area, from Imola (where the film is set) to Mugello which is completely devoted to motors. Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ducati are there. Valetino Rossi is from there. Bikers are everywhere, parents put children into a go-kart at three years old. Why nobody talked about this before?

lifestyle, people

Are Italian scientists breaking bad?

2016-07-25 • By

Virologist Ilaria Capua has just left Italy after being acquitted from the charge of illegal virus trafficking. Why do Italian people distrust Italian scientists?

Today I’m going to tell you a sad story. It’s sad even though it has an happy ending. On July 5th one of the top Italian scientists, virologist Ilaria Capua, has been acquitted after a judicial investigation longer than a decade.

(First, three books about science, politics and justice).

Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science

Contro la modernità.Le radici della cultura antiscientifica in Italia.

Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left

This is the good news. What should make Italians sad is just before the end of this interminable story, Dr. Capua decided to left Italy. She resigned as president of the veterinary institute she led and from the Italian parliament to accept the role of director at the One Health Centre of Excellence for Research and Training in Florida.

Italian scientists

Ilaria Capua

What was the investigation about? The story began in 2005, after a U.S. inquiry. An Italian manager of a pharma company was suspected to have illegally shipped a virus strand to Italy. Italian investigators mainly used tap recordings of telephone calls.

Nobody knew it until 2014. Some information leaked to the magazine l’Espresso, which titled its issue “virus traffickers”. Ilaria Capua was accused of illegal trafficking of virus and even attempted epidemic.

The whole story is summarized in an article (here the English version) by the journalist Paolo Mieli, on national newspaper Corriere della Sera. One of the few artcles on this topic in Italy written before the sentence.

books, language, people

An unexpected reason to learn Italian

2016-01-06 • By

Are you looking for another reason to learn Italian? Check the experience of these two famous writers.

There’s more than a reason to learn Italian. You might want to read Italian literature, to watch Italian movies, to read recepies or to understand lyrics in operas. It’s also the most similar to Latin than any other romance language as French, Spanish and Portuguese. Moreover about 60 % of English words derive from Latin. Do you need another reason?

Reason to learn Italian

Learn Italian – cover of Italian version of the Lowland

I have recently read two books by two brilliant female writers: Ghana must go by Taiye Selasi and The Lowland by Jumpa Lahiri.

There are many similarities between these two amazing women. They both grew up on the border between of two cultures. They both write about how to manage this difficult balance.

And they have another thing in common: they both speak Italian.

What’s their reason to learn Italian?