Italian Film Study

EF Film Study: Pranzo di Ferragosto
ISBN: 978-1-937923-07-5

Patrizia La Trecchia


Writer-director Gianni Di Gregorio plays himself in the charming tale of Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) which tells the story of delectable food, feisty elderly ladies and special friendships developed during the Roman August holiday. The film is set in Rome's Trastevere district and for the most part in the apartment where Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother. By the time this 75 minute film ends, you will be heading for the nearest Italian restaurant!

  • 66 pages, softcover
  • Five 15-minute sequences of the film covered
  • Varied exercises for comprehension, grammar, class discussion, vocabulary building and writing.
  • Readings conclude each sequence on topics, such as, "I tre moschettieri," "La storia del bidet (o bidè)," and more.
  • No DVD included.
“This new film study guide is a little gem! It confirms the quality of the Film Studies Program series for the depth, clarity and accuracy that characterize this analysis of Pranzo di Ferragosto, a captivating cinematic portrait of today's Italy rich with humor and tenderness.”
Margherita Heyer-Caput
Professor of Italian
University of California, Davis, CA
“There are ample ample opportunities and points of departure for discussion of essential themes that form the backbone of the Italian way of life so touchingly illustrated: the importance of family, respect for the elderly and friendship across the generations. A valuable teaching tool for my AP Italian class.”
Silvana Berardo
AP Italian Teacher
Madison High School, Madison, NJ