The story from one of the 20th century’s most famous films, Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
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- 8 chapters to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at any level
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Maria Valentini (verified owner) –
There’s never any substitute for the real thing, but this condensed version of the classic Italian film gives the right amount of challenge in learning the Italian language. The exercises after each chapter really help with comprehension and reinforce the grammar rules to memory.
jadwiga (verified owner) –
Every one of Fellini’s films was ─ and decades later still is ─ amongst the greatest cinematic achievements of all times, and “La dolce vita” is up there with his finest. Fellini’s films rarely have a straightforward linear narrative, so reinterpreting the director’s unique, atmospheric and emotion-packed visions into a simple written form is an almost impossible task; nevertheless, the author succeeds in giving the reader the gist of the film. It is not a substitute for the real thing (don’t forget Nino Rota’s mesmerising music!) but it’s a great aid for students of Italian, especially if, like me, you are besotted with Fellini.
I am yet to write a review of the Easy Reader “Amarcord” but ─ carried away with Fellinesque enthusiasm ─ for the moment I have used up my store of superlatives.
N.B. I would love to see an Easy Reader version of 8½.
Kathy (verified owner) –
From the title one might think this is a light hearted tale of life in Italy…” the sweet life”.
Set just after WW2, we read of bombed out buildings of Rome and follow the lives of some people who are attempting to rebuild their lives through the excessive pursuit of of earthly pleasures.
As for many in real life, this does not turn out well for them…except, perhaps to find out that love and happiness do not grow well out of these vain pursuits.
I’m sure this abridged book is not meant to compete with the movie, but provide a vehicle to improve one’s Italian through the genre of tragedy… and it does that well!
Lisa (verified owner) –
I am disappointed that I cannot find the movie to watch after I read the book to see the characters as Fellini saw them, however, the book was intense and sad and was a testament to how little we actually realize is going on around us. It is difficult to see “La Dolce Vita” in the story . The book itself was just the right amount of challenge for my level of the Italian language.
Christine Chudley –
The film which this book outlines is probably one of the most significant in the history of Italian film making and anyone passionate about cinema should see it. What better way to enhance any cultural experience than to view it from more than one angle? Reading the book of the film in simple, concise Italian will firstly tell you what the film is all about and then support your appreciation of it if you are able to watch it in the original language. That said, it’s a weird and rather disturbing storyline guaranteed to get you thinking.