Neorealismo italiano film at the Wex!

Most associated with the neorealist movement and films such as Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Umberto D. (1952), Vittorio De Sica also had a great gift for comedy, both behind and in front of the camera. 

A great, if relatively unknown, example of the commedia all’italiana, the satirical Il Boom stars Alberto Sordi as an executive struggling to support his wife’s extravagant standard of living. Drowning in expenses, he faces an impossible decision when the wife of a wealthy businessman offers to wipe out his debts with an “eye-popping” proposition.


This film will be shown at the Wexner Center for the Arts on December 8 and 9.  Click here -> WEX <- and scroll down to buy tickets.

Simone Cristicchi in Concert – GRATIS!

This will not happen often: 
World renowned composer/singer Simone Cristicchi will give a free open concert at OSU this week, 2 November from 6 to 9 PM.

The OSU department of Italian language is honored to host Simone Cristicchi, who will be giving a concert on the evening of November 2, Psychology Building Room 10 (1835 Neil Ave, Columbus 43210), 6:00-9:00 PM. The concert will be followed by pizza, soft drinks and a chance to chat informally with our guest.

Simone Cristicchi (composer, actor, writer) was born in Rome in 1977. His producer is Francesco Migliacci (the son of Franco Migliacci, co-author of the song “Volare - Nel blu dipinto di blu”). During his career he has produced four albums. 

In March 2007, he won the Sanremo music festival (an event that offers many Italian musicians their first shot at widespread success) with his song "Ti regalerò una rosa" (I will give you a rose). The lyrics to the song are taken from papers he found that were written by a man who was in a mental hospital for most of his life. It is a sad tale of the man's struggle with being away from the woman he loves and being exiled for being mentally ill. The song has so far reached number 3 on the official Italian charts and number 1 one the official downloads chart.

His most recent production in 2013 was a dramatic musical theater piece “Magazzino 18” (Warehouse 18) that was always sold out and ended in standing ovations, but also raised controversies and reflections. The topic of the musical is the forced exodus of the Italian population from Istria, Fiume, and Dalmatia as evidenced by the belongings and the memories of more than 350,000 Italian refugees stored, to this day, in Warehouse 18 in the old port of Trieste.

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Keep learning!

An active mind is a healthy mind.  Learning a second language has been proven to benefit intelligence, memory and concentration, and it lowers risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s.  And oh yes – it is a whole lot of fun.  Learning Italian in particular offers the advantage of increasing your appreciation of other aspects of your life, things like music, art, architecture, law, fashion, travel, food/wine, and history.

There are many options available through Italia in Ohio classes; select as many as your time schedule permits.  Years 1, 2, 3, and Advanced Italian are already underway but more options abound:

  • Italian Year 1 Session 1 will start in mid-January and run for 10 weeks. 
    Two such sessions are running concurrently now and in January a third will start in time for attendees with New Year’s Resolutions.
    You will learn to greet people in everyday settings, order in restaurants & shop, plus more. Vocabulary will be limited but flexible and applicable to many situations. Very interactive as you will be conversing with the teacher and each other starting in the first class. Next stop – Italia!

  • Italian for Travelers will start in mid-January and run for 3 consecutive Saturdays. Another series will follow in March.
    This travel prep class will focus on basic vocab, helpful verbs, and travel conversation. You will learn how to navigate the extensive Italian train system and how to ask for directions and for help in a medical difficulty. And you will learn about that most wonderful of Italian topics – food – from regional specialties to types of restaurants to dining etiquette.

  • Art History and Culture
    The first 3-Sunday series starts December 3rd (Florence, Rome, and Venice) and the second in January (Lucca, Siena, Pisa), and more after that running through winter and spring.  Themes will center around artists, regions, and historical family dynasties. Your guide will be Rosa Di Grottole, a native Italian and art scholar.
    Watch our web site for details.  Register now for the December class: REGISTER

The more you learn the greater will be your understanding of the land and its people, and the more you will enjoy your travels there.

Ci vediamo presto in classe – see you soon in class!


watch for details coming soon on our Study & Travel Abroad program for next June