Italian Film Study

EF Film Study Program: Giorni e nuvole
ISBN: 978-0-9795031-9-1

Nicoletta Villa-Sella


Silvio Soldini's Giorni e nuvole couldn't be more timely in today's crumbling economic environment as it vividly portrays how the absence of financial security can change everything. The world of a well-off, middle-aged Genoa couple unravels quickly as Michele (Antonio Albanese) loses his job and finds it increasingly difficult to find another of equal status. As the bills mount and their debt increases, Elsa (Margherita Buy) takes a daytime call-center job and a nighttime secretarial position leaving behind her art history pursuits. The couple is forced to downsize their home and sell many of their prized possessions. At the heart of this film is the question of how much lifestyle determines relationships, sense of self and ultimately peace of mind.

  • This intermediate-level film study text covers seven, 15 to 20-minute sequences of the film plus an upfront discussion of director Silvio Soldini.
  • "Spunti culturali" are included for each sequence to enrich cultural knowledge of Italy as relates to the film.
  • Comprehension, grammar and vocabulary exercises are extensively varied.
  • 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.

“No need to reinvent the wheel. This film study text is both a meaningful guide to the movie viewing experience and a great grammar resource for students. Its interactive exercises and variety of activities will appeal to different learners and stimulate them to the higher thinking levels of Bloom's Cognitive Taxonomy.”
Luciano Racco, Ph.D.
Italian, Spanish, Latin Teacher
Mahopac High School and Adjunct Faculty in Italian, SUNY, Albany, NY