Italian Film Study

EF Film Study: Il postino
ISBN: 978-0-9795031-8-4

Patrizia La Trecchia


Rated PG, this 1994 award-winning film portrays the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda during a stay on an island off the coast of Italy and the local postman (Mario) who delivers his mail. Mario yearns to win the attention of Neruda because he secretly harbors a desire to become a poet as well. As Mario's efforts succeed and Neruda spends time and conversation with him, he begins to idolize the poet even more.

  • This intermediate-level film study text covers seven, 15 to 20-minute sequences of the film.
  • "Letture" are included for each sequence to enrich cultural knowledge.
  • Comprehension, grammar and vocabulary exercises are extensively varied.
  • Activities for class conversation starters
  • 60 pages, soft cover
  • No DVD included.

The Edizioni Farinelli Film Study Program is the most systematic approach to learning Italian through film. Teachers can keep their curriculum fresh and interesting by introducing film as an excellent practice activity. University students and self-study learners build language skills through focused viewing of Italian film. Mature high school students on the preparatory track for standardized exams in Italian enjoy film while improving their knowledge of language and culture.

“Patrizia La Trecchia's intelligently conceived and well-designed text realizes the full potential of film for language pedagogy. Il postino is an especially good choice: It engages themes of the utmost interest -- romantic passion, political activism, poetic creativity -- while lending itself to La Trecchia's expert agenda for language instruction, involving vocabulary expansion, grammar review, practice in composition and reading comprehension. This text will be a great boon to the Italian instructor looking for rigorous and carefully structured ways to incorporate film into the language classroom!”
Millicent Marcus
Professor and Chair, Department of Italian Languages and Literatures
Yale University, New Haven, CT