Italian Film Study

EF Film Study: Romanzo criminale


ISBN: 978-0-9846327-7-0

Cristina Villa


Michele Placido's Romanzo criminale is a gripping crime drama. It's based on Massimo De Cataldo's novel and portrays the rise of the Magliana gang that terrorized the country in the '70s.

This intermediate-advanced-level film study text covers eight, 15 to 20-minute sequences of the film with exercises for comprehension, vocabulary, grammar as well as speaking and writing.

  • “Letture and Navigare nella rete” are included for each sequence to enrich cultural knowledge of Italy as relates to the film and stimulate class discussion.
  • 66 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-0-9846327-7-0
  • 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.

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“Placido's film Romanzo criminale is an excellent source to analyze issues of crime, terrorism and legality in today's Italy. This well-crafted study guide offers not only a thorough analysis of the film but also insightful resources to understand and deepen the societal and cultural issues the film presents. A wide range of activities, in a content-based approach, are designed to develop all four language skills. Great supplement for intermediate courses!”
Roberta Tabanelli, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Italian & Film Studies
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO