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1860
1/2" VHS black & white videocassette
This historical drama centers on a messenger delivering a request to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the leading general in the Risorgimento (Italian unification movement) of 1860. This 1933 film is directed by Alessandro Blasetti, who is enormously influential in the emerging era of neorealism in Italian cinema.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 12 minutes

 

 

Aida
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The Emmy Award-winning 1989 Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s opera starring Aprile Millo as Aida, Plácido Domingo as Radamès, Sherrill Milnes as Amonasro, and Dolora Zajick as Amneris; James Levine, conductor.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 38 minutes

 

Attualità Video
1/2" VHS color videocassette
11 episodes present various facets of Italian life and culture: gli sport, gli svaghi, la vita universitaria, il giorni di festa, la tavola, la televisione, l’abbligliamento, l’economia, la donna contemporanea, il servizio di leva, il turismo; accompanying Viewer’s Manual provides vocabulary, pre-viewing and post-viewing activities, map of Italy, puzzles, answer key to puzzles; 2 copies available.
Approx. 60 minutes

 


Il Barbiere di Siviglia
1/2" VHS black & white videocassette
1947 Mario Costa production of Rossini’s opera starring Tito Gobbi as Figaro, Ferrucio Tagliavini as Count Almaviva and Nelly Corradi as Rosina.
In Italian, no subtitles
90 minutes

 

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A Jean-Pierre Ponnelle film of Rossini’s two-act opera; Claudio Abbado, conductor; cast includes: Luigi Alva, Enzo Dara, Teresa Berganza, Hermann Prey, Paolo Montarsolo, chorus and orchestra of Teatro alla Scala; synopsis available.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 22 minutes

 

Basic Italian by Video
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Provides a 1,000 word/phrase working vocabulary for those interested in learning Italian for travel, business, school and/or pleasure; each of the forty-three “most often encountered life situations” is enacted with subtitles in Italian and in English on the screen; for beginning students.
90 minutes

 

La battaglia del San Martino
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A 2002 documentary directed by Fabio Corradi and Rodolfo Ossuzio and subtitled “1943 Una prima azione di resistenza in Italia;” this film reconstructs the WWII story of the battle of San Martino which Colonel Carlo Croce and his men survived and which united the Comunità Montana della Valcuvia; features interviews, historical documents and individual accounts.
In Italian, no subtitles
43 minutes

 

Bellissimo: Images of the Italian Cinema
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Overview of Italian film production from the 1940s to the late 1980s; includes clips from famous films such as Open City, Divorce Italian Style, The Bicycle Thief, etc. and features virtually every great personality in Italian filmmaking.
In Italian with English subtitles, some sections with English narration
1 hour 50 minutes

 

La Bohème
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The Genoa Opera Company’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s 4-act opera filmed live at the Tianquiao Theatre in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, in 1986; conducted by Leone Magiera; directed by Giancarlo Menotti; starring Luciano Pavarotti in the role of the poet Rodolfo and Fiamma Izzo D’Amico as Mimi; also featuring Madelyn Renee as Musetta and Roberto Servile as Marcello.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours

 

Buongiorno Italia
Ten 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Twenty beginner-level programs which include conversations and interviews with Italians going about their daily lives and which show different aspects of Italian culture; aim of program is to get student to understand and to use simple colloquial Italian; filmed in Stresa in Northern Italy and in Orvieto in Central Italy; for more information see Supplementary Language Study Tapes Listing (section II).
Each program: 25 minutes
Total time: approx. 8 hours 20 minutes

 

 

Caravaggio
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1991 European Video Library documentary film about the Italian painter Caravaggio’s short life (1571–1610) and career; includes study of the self-portraits of Caravaggio’s early years, as well as of the large-scale paintings created for Rome’s churches; also addresses the artist’s escape from Rome following a murder, and a look at works produced at the end of his life.
In English
28 minutes

 

The Caravaggio Conspiracy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1984 BBC Television/RM Arts-produced program that provides an inside look at the realities of the world of art dealing, including checking a work for authenticity, artificial auction bids, resurfacing of stolen art; follows the 1979–1982 adventure of London Times journalist Peter Watson disguised as a wealthy art dealer as he tries to recover stolen masterpieces, including a Caravaggio.
In English
1 hour

 

Cavalleria Rusticana
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Franco Zeffirelli’s film of Mascagni’s one-act opera; filmed on location in Vizzini, Sicily; cast includes: Elena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo, Fedora Barbieri, Renato Bruson and Axelle Gall; conducted by Georges Prêtre; synopsis available.
In Italian with English subtitles
70 minutes

 

Cento giorni a Palermo
1/2" VHS (PAL) color videocassette
Giuseppe Ferrara (1984)
Starring Lino Ventura and Giuliana de Sio; story of General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa’s 100 days as Prefect of Palermo and his struggles to take on the Mafia.
In Italian, no subtitles
1 hour 50 minutes

 

Ciao, professore!
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A Lina Wertmuller film about a stiff, conservative, upper-class teacher from Northern Italy who by mistake ends up teaching a rowdy group of children in Southern Italy. Although at first terrified of his situation, the professor soon adapts to his little charges and finds himself delightfully surprised, as these youngsters have some lessons of their own to teach the professor.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 31 minutes

 

Cinema Paradiso
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Giuseppe Tornatore (1989)
Starring Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili, and Salvatore Cascio; story of a young boy named Salvatore and of his friendship with Alfredo, the projectionist at the Cinema Paradiso, a movie theatre in a small Italian village; from Alfredo and from the movies, Salvatore learns about love and about pursuing his dream of making movies of his own; 30 years after leaving the village to pursue his dream, Salvatore returns home to find a secret, beautiful discovery awaiting him there.
In Italian with yellow English subtitles
2 hours

 

A Class Act
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1987
About teachers and foreign language teaching as a career; professionally filmed with practicing teachers and former teachers in the workplace; aimed at recruiting foreign language teachers for the future.
In English
15 minutes

 

Collaborations: Meeting New Goals, Realities
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in 1997 by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in conjunction with the 1997 Northeast Conference Reports volume; presents examples of classroom scenarios that each focus on one of the five goal areas (listed below) of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning; series of accompanying discussion questions available
54 minutes

Goals:

  1. Communication Goal: Meaning Making through a Whole Language Approach
  2. Cultures Goal: Using Video to Explore Perspectives, Practices, and Products of Guatemalan Culture
  3. Connections Goal: Making New Connections through Interdisciplinary Lessons
  4. Comparisons Goal: Using Linguistic and Cultural Comparisons to Help Students Succeed in Learning
  5. Communities Goal: Using a Foreign Language to Connect with the Community

 

Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica (Confessions of a Police Captain)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Damiano Damiani (1971)
Starring Martin Balsam as a “bad cop” and Franco Nero as district attorney; a Mafia drama about corruption, murder, and deceit.
In English (with possible dubbing in some scenes)
1 hour 42 minutes

 

Cultural Literacy and Interactive Language Instruction
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1988
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities designed to teach language through literature: (1) discussion of ideas via simulated news broadcasts and interviews with famous people, (2) vocabulary study, (3) grammar activities, (4) student dramatizations, (5) oral testing; begins by illustrating negative classroom techniques; ends with student discussion (in English) of the “language-through-literature” classes; all illustrations are from elementary and advanced French classes.
Narration in English
55 minutes

 

 

Don Giovanni
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1954 film of Mozart’s opera starring Cesare Siepi as Don Giovanni; other artists performing are: Otto Edelmann (Leporello), Elisabeth Grümmer (Donna Anna), Lisa Della Casa (Donna Elvira), Erna Berger (Zerlina), Anton Dermota (Don Ottavio), Walter Berry (Masetto), Deszö Ernster (Commendatore); Furtwängler, conductor; a Salzburg Festival performance.
In Italian with Japanese subtitles
2 hours 50 minutes

 

Don Giovanni
Two 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
1989 La Scala performance of Mozart’s opera starring Thomas Allen as Don Giovanni, Edita Gruberova as Donna Anna, Ann Murray as Donna Elvira, Francisco Araiza as Don Ottavio; Riccardo Muti, conductor; Giorgio Strehler, stage director.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 57 minutes

 

 

Ecco l’Italia
Five 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Featuring news and cultural programming aired on the RAI television network between December, 1989 and April, 1990; for use by intermediate to advanced students; among the features included are: news of the day, interviews with famous Italians (ex. Fellini, Zeffirelli), Leopardi, fashion, FIAT, music (San Remo ’89 Festival), sports, regions of Italy; accompanying 249-page binder of “Interactive Video Materials,” produced by the Dept. of Italian Studies at Brown University, includes scripts, pre-viewing, follow-up, vocabulary, true-false, fill-in, questionnaire-type, matching, and other exercises for selected video segments
No subtitles
Each videocassette: 60 minutes

 

Ernani
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1982 La Scala production of Verdi’s opera starring Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Renato Bruson and Nicolai Ghiaurov; Riccardo Muti, conductor.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 15 minutes

 

 

Falstaff
1/2" VHS color videocassette
July 16, 1982, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden production of Verdi’s opera starring Renato Bruson, Katia Ricciarelli, Leo Nucci and Barbara Hendricks; conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 21 minutes

 

La Forza del Destino
Two 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
March 24,1984 Metropolitan Opera Co. production of Verdi’s opera starring Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini and Leo Nucci.
In Italian with English subtitles
3 hours

 

Francesca da Rimini
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Riccardo Zandonai’s opera starring Renata Scotto as Francesca and Plácido Domingo as Paolo Malatesta; story based on the fifth canto of Dante’s Inferno; April 4 and 7, 1984 Metropolitan Opera production.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 28 minutes

 

 

Il giorno della civetta
1/2" VHS (PAL) color videocassette
A Damiano Damiani film starring Claudia Cardinale, Franco Nero and Lee J. Cobb based on the novel by Leonardo Sciascia; “In a Sicilian town a building contractor is killed. The arrest of a suspect causes a bustle among the maggiorenti of the mafia who want to let the murder pass as a crime of honor. There is no trace of the presumed culprit, but a piece of information leads the captain of police to believe that the supposed culprit must have been killed and buried under a blanket of tar. Further investigation yields nothing.”
In Italian, no subtitles
1 hour 44 minutes

 

Giovanni Falcone
1/2" VHS (PAL) color videocassette
Giuseppe Ferrara (1993)
Starring Michele Placido and Giancarlo Giannini; story of the 10 years of investigation and war waged against the Mafia beginning in the 1980s by Giovanni Falcone and a Palermo-based “anti-Mafia judges pool” (Rocco Chinnici, Paolo Borsellino, et al.)
In Italian, no subtitles
2 hours 5 minutes

 

Gioviano: Un paese di collina
1/2" VHS color videocassette
An overview of everyday life in a hilltown in a remote part of Italy (the Garfagnana); shows how people there strive to maintain their traditions while living in the modern world; sheet of fifteen study questions and answers available.
30 minutes

 

Going International
Four 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Designed to help the traveler develop cross-cultural skills required for a successful international experience.
In English

  • Bridging the Culture Gap — contrasts one’s own unconscious cultural values/habits with those of the diverse cultures of the world; explains cultural taboos and accepted standards of behavior.
    30 minutes
  • Managing the Overseas Assignment — shows how cultural misunderstandings can affect the traveler’s ability to accomplish goals in such diverse countries as Japan, Saudi Arabia, England, India, and Mexico; includes explanation of what went wrong in each situation and proposes ways for improving results.
    30 minutes
  • Beyond Culture Shock — for the family or the individual moving abroad; explains the psychological phases of the adjustment process; provides practical suggestions for making life abroad a positive experience.
    30 minutes
  • Welcome Home, Stranger — focuses on the unexpected problems of returning home and how to overcome the difficulties of “re-entry” into the workplace, community, and school environment.
    15 minutes

 

 

Hand-Held Delight
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in Summer 2000 by the Boston College Audiovisual Department in association with the Boston College Lambda Psi chapter of Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society), this video, produced in conjunction with the Lambda Psi chapter’s exhibit of the same name at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College (June 14–September 24, 2000), highlights several of the 18th- and 19th-century European fans from the permanent Mr. and Mrs. Frederick B. Hicks Collection at Boston College; also includes a study of 18th-century fan construction as illustrated by the Eventailliste (Fan-Maker) plates from the Encyclopédie of Denis Diderot; English-language captions and period music.
Approx. 27 minutes

 

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #2: On Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The October 25, 2000 second annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; based on the AAUSC (American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Language Programs) volume Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty edited by Benjamin Rifkin; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Tom Blair (City College of San Francisco), Lara Lomicka (Penn State University), Susan Navey-Davis (North Carolina State University), Rebecca Oxford (University of Maryland); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of mentoring, speakers respond to viewers’ questions.
2 hours

 

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #3: Teaching in Today’s Multilevel Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 6, 2002 third annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Kerry S.G. Driscoll (University of Iowa and Coe College), Jean-Louis Hippolyte (Kansas State University), Patti J. Marinelli (University of South Carolina), and Kimberley A. Sallee (University of Missouri-Columbia); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of placement in the multilevel classroom where students of varying abilities/backgrounds in the target language come together, speakers respond to viewers’ questions.
2 hours

 

 

In italiano
Two 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
“Home study enrichment version” of 26-lesson multi-media course in Italian language and civilization developed by the Italian University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy and adapted for use in North America by Coast Community College (Fountain Valley, CA); designed for use by beginning through advanced-level students either within a traditional classroom situation or in a self-instructional program; uses a communicative-situational approach, introduced by an on-camera instructor, to provide practice in listening comprehension, speaking and use of grammatical structures; each unit includes elementi di civiltà (words and images related to Italian civilization/culture); accompanying texts include:
(1) A Preview for the Telecourse In Italiano – 45-page text outlining the method of the program, lesson objectives and summaries
(2) In Italiano: Telecourse Study Guide – 294-page text containing tips for viewing the video, grammar explanations, cultural notes, vocabulary lists, directions for the use of the corresponding Grammar/Textbook, answer keys for the exercises in the Grammar/Textbook
(3) In Italiano: Grammatica Italiana per Stranieri – 618-page grammar text written completely in Italian
(4) In Italiano: A Handbook for Comparison and Contrast for English-Speaking Students – 251-page text intended to address the principal difficulties native speakers of English encounter in the study of Italian.
Each video lesson: 30 minutes
Total time: 13 hours

 

In nome della legge
1/2" VHS (PAL) black & white videocassette
Pietro Germi (1949)
Featuring Massimo Girotti, Jone Salinas, Peppino Spadaro and Charles Vanel; at once a romantic vision of the Mafia in Sicily and a description of the face of the Mafia with its historical and social implications; Synopis: A young police magistrate in Sicily struggles against the law of the country, the Mafia and the loftiness of the place. When the local Baron learns that the magistrate is intending to get to the bottom of things, he first tries to corrupt him and then tries to have him killed by the Mafia. Despite injuries suffered during this attempt on his life, the magistrate does not go along with a proposed transfer of work assignment, but decides to stay and continue to fight the Mafia.
In Italian, no subtitles
1 hour 38 minutes

 

Interact ’89
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The satellite teleconference, “Using Technology in the Modern Language Classroom,” from California State University at Chico (May 10, 1989). Participants include: Frank Otto of Brigham Young University, Rick Altman and James Pusack of PICS, Lee Ann Stone of UC at Irvine; their discussion includes task-based activities for the language lab, use of video and authentic foreign television programming and the availability of videodisc.
In English
90 minutes

 

Italia contemporanea
1/2" VHS color “demonstration” videocassette
Subtitled “Conversations with Native Speakers,” this demo video features brief excerpts (ranging in duration from seconds to 2+ minutes) from the full-length video (© 2000 Yale University Press) intended for use by elementary to intermediate level language learners; promotional booklet containing table of contents, sample lesson plan, selected transcripts and notes on the use of the program is available.
7 minutes 10 seconds

 

Italianissimo 1
IT 1.030
Four 1/2" VHS color video cassettes
Produced in 1992 by the BBC, each containing two or three programs focusing on the daily life of Italians and coordinated with the unit chapters of the beginning-level text and activity book Italianissimo 1 by Denise De Rôme, Rossella Peressini and Loredana Polezzi; each unit divided into two main parts (introduction to aspects of contemporary Italian society and the culture underlying the language) and two parts for reference (vocabulary and troubleshooting notes); multimedia program features a “twin-track approach” to the study of grammar via the “core” or basic communicative needs course of study (track 1) and more complete, in-depth explanations (track 2); accompanying text and activity book, as well as audio program available.
Each video unit: 13–14 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

 

 

Johnny Stecchino
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Roberto Benigni (1992)
In this hysterical tale of mistaken identity described as “the Marx Brothers meet the Godfather,” Benigni plays the role of Dante, a bus driver who’s a dead ringer for Johnny Toothpick, a notorious mafioso.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

 

Languages at Work
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1989
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities for the language classroom: warm-up, grammar-related, role-playing, group work, warm-down activities; illustrations are given in French, Italian and Spanish by Harvard faculty members in elementary-level language classes.
Narration in English
35 minutes

 

Lamerica
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1994 award-winning (“Best Director” at Venice Film Festival, Felix Award for “Best European Film”) film directed by Gianni Amelio starring Enrico Lo Verso; the story of two Italian businessmen, Gino and Fiore, who attempt to set up a business scam in poverty-stricken Albania just after its emanicipation from Communism; the two first engage an Albanian (Spiro), a long-time prisoner of war, as “chairman” of their company, but upon his disappearance, the business deal goes sour; Gino is then forced to live as an Albanian, and thereby comes to understand what it means to be a poor and powerless refugee.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 56 minutes

 

Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1998 Academy Award-winning (“Best Foreign Language Film”) film starring “Best Actor” Roberto Benigni; Benigni plays an imaginative, funny waiter named Guido who falls in love and marries a school teacher named Dora (Nicoletta Braschi); during the last months of World War II, Guido, an Italian Jew, Dora and their son Giosué are taken to a Nazi concentration camp where Guido uses his ingenuity and inner strength to continue to communicate with his wife (in another camp) and to protect his son from the horrors of his surroundings by turning the situation into a game.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 56 minutes

 

 

Macbeth
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Deutsche Oper Berlin production of Verdi’s opera starring Mara Zampieri; Renato Bruson, David Griffith, James Morris and Dennis O’Neill; conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 30 minutes

 

Manon Lescaut
1/2" VHS color videocassette
May 17, 1983 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden production of Puccini’s opera starring Kiri Te Kanawa as Manon, Plácido Domingo as Chevalier Des Grieux and Thomas Allen as Lescaut.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 10 minutes

 

The Marriage of Figaro
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1973 Glyndebourne Festival production of Mozart’s opera starring Kiri Te Kanawa as The Countess, Ileana Cotrubas as Susanna, Frederica Von Stade as Cherubino, and Benjamin Luxon as Count Almaviva; John Pritchard, conductor.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 48 minutes

 

Masterpieces of Italian Art: Caravaggio and the Baroque
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Program 5 of the 1990 Rizzoli-produced Masterpieces of Italian Art series; features the work of the painters Caravaggio, Correggio, Lotto, Parmigianino and Tintoretto, as well as that of architects Sansovino, Palladio, Bernini and Borromini.
In English
53 minutes

 

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #1: From Theory to Practice: The Natural Approach
1/2" VHS color videocassette
February 23, 1994 McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and how to apply it to the classroom; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State, features presentation by Dr. Stephen Krashen and panel discussion/questions-answers with Jeanne Egasse, Erwin Tschirner, Mary Rogers, Magdalena Andrade and Elías Miguel Muñoz.
Topic of discussion: Tracy Terrell’s Natural Approach to language instruction; available: multiple copies of teleconference handout containing biographies of conference panelists, outline of Krashen’s presentation and Natural Approach theory.
2 hours

 

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #2: A New Look at Authentic Materials
1/2" VHS color videocassette
February, 15 1995 second annual McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and practice; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State, features presentations by Dr. Wilga Rivers (Harvard University) and Dr. June Phillips (Weber State and ACTFL), and panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Robert Blake (University of California, Davis), Robert Di Donato (Miami University), Raymond Elliott (University of Texas, Arlington), L. Kathy Heilenman (University of Iowa), and Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku (University of California, San Diego).
Topic of discussion: use of authentic materials in the foreign language classroom; features videotaped examples of teachers using realia, authentic readings and video in the classroom; available: copy of teleconference handout containing outline of program.
2 hours

 

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #3: Integrating Technology into the Language Curriculum
1/2" VHS color videocassette
October 23, 1996 third annual McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and practice; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State, features presentations entitled The Role of Technology by Dr. Robert J. Blake (University of California, Davis) and Technology and the Communicative Language Classroom by Dr. Bill Van Patten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) followed by panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Gail Robinson-Stuart (San Diego State University), Richard Kern (University of California, Berkeley), Christopher M. Jones (Carnegie-Mellon University), James P. Pusack (University of Iowa), Karen Price (Harvard University)
Topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: What is technology good for? Where does technology live? What is the process for integrating technology? How does the language instructor get good materials?
2 hours

 

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #4: Grammar in the Communicative Language Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Fall 1997 fourth annual McGraw-Hill teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and practice; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State features presentations by Dr. Diane Musumeci (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Dr. Michael H. Long (University of Hawaii, Manoa); also includes panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Patsy Lightbown (Concordia University, Montreal), Theodore Higgs (San Diego State University), and Bill VanPatten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: Should grammar be explicitly taught in the communicative language classroom? Does grammar instruction make a difference in the acquisition of a second language? If so, what are the effects? What approach to grammar instruction should be followed?
2 hours

 

Mediterraneo
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A 1991 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign film, this romantic comedy is riveted with unexpected scandal and surprising love affairs. After Italian sailors find themselves stranded on what appears to be a deserted Greek island, they there discover their enemies who soon become love interests. The sailors no longer consider themselves stranded, as this island turns out to be heaven on earth.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes

 

Il mestiere delle armi
1/2"VHS (PAL) color videocassette
Ermanno Olmi (2001)
Donatello and Golden Globe Award-winning film starring Hristo Jivkov; story of the life and death of Joanni de Medici, known as “Giovanni dalle Bande Nere,” a young captain of the Pontifical troops engaged in the war waged against Pope Clement VII by German Emperor Charles V in 1526; On November 24th of that year, Giovanni is mortally wounded by an explosive missile and dies an agonizing death four days later; portrait of loneliness and the job of being a soldier.
In Italian, no subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

Il Mostro (The Monster)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A 1994 “anything goes” comedy featuring Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi; Loris (Benigni) is taken by surprise when his new attractive roommate Jessica (Braschi) turns out to be an undercover police officer attempting to snag a suspected serial killer. Little does Loris know that he is the one being accused! A series of coincidental mix-ups makes this comedy a hilarious one with an unexpected ending.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 51 minutes

 

Mussolini and Fascism
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in 1991 as part of the Warwick History Video series; features Prof. J.A. Davis with Dennis Mack Smith discussing the story of Mussolini’s ascent to power, separation from socialism, the 1922 “March on Rome,” dictatorial powers, opportunism, the conquest of Abyssinia, the alignment with Nazi Germany, the African debacle, the 1943 invasion of Sicily.
In English
30 minutes

 

 

Otello
1/2" VHS black & white videocassette
1959 film of Verdi’s opera starring Mario Del Monaco as Otello, Rosanna Carteri as Desdemona, Renato Capecchi as Iago, Plinio Clabassi as Lodovico; Tullio Serafin, conductor.
In Italian, no subtitles
2 hours 16 minutes

 

Otello
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Film of Verdi’s four-act opera; Herbert Von Karajan, conductor and director; cast includes; Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni, Peter Glossop, Stefania Malagú, Aldo Bottion, José Van Dam, Berlin Philharmoniker; synopsis available.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 21 minutes

 

 

Parliamo italiano
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced by DUNE Produzioni Cinematografiche e Televise in association with Houghton Mifflin Company; designed to complement introductory Italian texts; 12 modules present the adventures of two characters, Piero and Gabriella, who travel throughout Italy (to 11 different cities/regions) with the objective of producing a travel guide for their employer, a travel agency.
Approx. 60 minutes

Contents:

Visitare (Roma)

Vestirsi (Milano)

Studiare (Bologna)

Lavorare (Torino)

Abitare (Sicilia)

Viaggiare (Sardengna)

Comprare (Umbria)

Uscire (Napoli)

Mangiare (Liguria)

Leggere (Firenze)

Rilassarsi (Venezia)

Sognare

 

La passione dell’arte
1/2" VHS (PAL) videocassette
Brief tour of Luigi Magnani’s private collection of paintings (ancient and modern) and sculpture housed in the Fondazione Magnani-Rocca in the park of the Corte di Mamiano near Parma, Italy; collection includes works by Gentile da Fabriano, Tiziano. Goya, Monet, Renoir, Braque, among many others; several close-ups of paintings/sculpture with commentary provided by off-screen narrator.
Approx. 12 minutes

 

Pastificio Delverde: Fara San Martino
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Short, informative, documentary-style film about pasta-making as demonstrated in the factory of the Delverde Pasta Company; all aspects of the process, from raw materials to the lab to packaging and selling of Delverde pastas are shown.
In Italian, no subtitles
12 minutes 23 seconds

 

Placido Rizzotto
1/2" VHS (PAL) color videocassette
Pasquale Scimeca (2001)
Starring Marcello Mazzarella in the title role; based on the real life story of Placido Rizzotto, a Sicilian trade union leader murdered in 1948, who fought against the Corleonese Mafia’s corruption and control of unions, its taking of land, and exploitation of peasants in the 1940s; includes violent, visually and emotionally intense imagery.
In Italian, no subtitles
1 hour 44 minutes

 

Poetry and the Teaching of Foreign Languages
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1991)
Demonstration of teaching techniques where poetry is examined as a literary genre and as a means of expanding communicative skills in a foreign language; divided into three parts: Celebrating Poetry, Understanding Poetry, Creating Poetry; actual, unrehearsed classes in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, and English as a Second Language presented; shot on location at Harvard University with appearances by Harvard professors Wilga Rivers and Marlies Mueller, as well as Prof. Claire Kramsch of the University of California at Berkeley.
60 minutes

 

Il postino (The Postman)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1995 Academy Award-winning (“Best Dramatic Score”) romantic comedy starring Philippe Noiret and Massimo Troisi, with Maria Grazia Cucinotta; when the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is exiled to a small Italian island for political reasons, a local fisherman (Mario) is hired as a postman to deliver Neruda’s mail to him; Mario befriends Neruda, who helps the shy, awkward postman win over the village inn’s waitress (Beatrice) by showing him the power of poetry.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 48 minutes

 

 

Rigoletto
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1983 film of Verdi’s opera starring Luciano Pavarotti as the Duke of Mantua, Edita Gruberova as Gilda, Ferruccio Furlanetto as Sparafucile, and Ingvar Wixell as Rigoletto; Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, director; Riccardo Chailly, conductor of the Wiener Philharmoniker; synopsis available.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 56 minutes

 

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (March 23, 1990)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approximately 15–20 minute presentations by members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Adapting Oral Proficiency Interviews for Classroom Use
Music in the Classroom
Effective Interaction Using Groups and Teams
Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 28, 1992)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approximately 15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Fill’er Up: Quick and Easy Space Fillers (activities to focus students’ attention)
Snap to It (Rassias drilling method)
Action, Camera ... and Cut (student-produced videos)
Playing It Safe (games)
Instructor Exit Stage Left (student-centered activities for conversation initiation)

 

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 23, 1996)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approximately 10–15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

A Bag of Magic Tricks
Listen Up!
Everyone’s a comic
Wanted: Dead or Alive!
Inspired Writing: Getting the Best from Students
Please Pass the Pumpkin!

 

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 14, 1997)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approximately 10–15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Hey! What happened? (part I: Intermediate Spanish; part II: Elementary Spanish)
It’s in the bag! (Elementary French)
Classroom Classics (Intermediate French)
It’s transparent! (Spanish CCR)
E Dio creò la Nutella (Italian CCR)

 

 

Salvatore Giuliano
1/2" VHS (PAL) black & white videocassette
1961 Francesco Rosi film featuring Salvo Randone and Frank Wolff; story of Sicily’s most famous gangster and supporter of the Separatist cause at the end of World War II; in Italian, no subtitles
2 hours

 

Il sentiero della pace
1/2" VHS color videocassette presentation by the Comunità Montana della Valcuvia as directed by Fabio Corradi and Rodolfo Ossuzio; this 2001 documentary focuses on “1916–1917 La Linea Cadorna” and is dedicated to the memory of those who worked during WWI to construct this defensive line.
In Italian, no subtitles
35 minutes

 

Speak Easy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
14 short mime sketches in which two characters interact in real-life situations; sketches move from service-related interactions between strangers, to encounters between strangers, to more personal situations involving close friends or members of family; for all levels of language student; a Teacher’s Manual is available.
Each sketch runs 3–5 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes

Titles:

Greetings

Flat Tire

New Shoes

Library

Cab Ride

Wallflowers

Influenza

Moving In

Truck Stop

Phone Call

Chez Vincent

Argument

Airport

The Lesson

 

Storia di una capinera
1/2" VHS (PAL) color videocassette
1993 Franco Zeffirelli film based on a short story by Giovanni Verga; stars Angela Bellis, Jonathan Schaech, Sinead Cusack, John Castle.
Dubbed in Italian (no subtitles)
1 hour 40 minutes

 

 

Il teatro di Pirandello
5 1/2" VHS (PAL) color videocassettes
Luigi Pirandello’s plays televised by RAI between 1970 and 1986
In Italian, no subtitles
Total time: 10 hours 47 minutes

 

Titles:

Il beretto a sonagli
Enrico IV
Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore
Così è, se vi pare
Il gioco delle parti

 

Technology: Tool or Method?
1/2" VHS color videocassette recording of a “Baker’s Dozen Roundtable” discussion broadcast on April 12, 2001 via satellite from Duke University and sponsored by the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in collaboration with Washington and Lee University and Duke University; 13 experts in applied linguistics, pedagogy and technology discuss (1) theory and practice in technology, (2) expected and assured outcomes with technology use, (3) changes in knowledge acquisition as it pertains to the technological interface, (4) technology as a transparent tool and/or method; discussion participants: Ms. Pegge Abrams (Duke), Dr. Bryan Alexander (Centenary College of Louisiana), Dr. Robert Blake (UC, Davis), Prof. Miriam Carlisle (Washington and Lee), Dr. Lise Desmarais (Canadian Foreign Service Institute), Dr. Robert Fischer (CALICO), Dr. Nina Garrett (Yale), Dr. P. Richard (Dick) Kuettner (Coordinator and Host, Washington and Lee), Dr. Jerry Larson (Brigham Young University), Dr. Jimmie Purser (Millsaps College), Dr. Clare Tufts (Duke), Prof. Ken’ichi Ujie (Washington and Lee), Dr. Clara Yu (Middlebury)
60 minutes

 

Tintoretto
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Volume 10 in the Portrait of an Artist series produced in 1984 by RM Arts in conjunction with Antenne 2; exploration of the works of Tintoretto (1518–1594) via observations made by Jean Paul Sartre about the painter’s approach to scale and color, his rebellion against 16th-century conventions; magnificent views of the city of Venice and of Tintoretto’s large-scale decorative panels and frescoes.
In English
65 minutes

 

Touring Italy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A 1992 travelogue-type presentation of Italy and its cultural and historical contributions; features beautiful photography and tours of Naples, the ruins of Pompeii, Venice, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Verona, the Italian Riviera, Pisa, Rome.
In English
60 minutes

 

La Traviata
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1976 Wolf Trap production of Verdi’s opera starring Beverly Sills as Violetta, Henry Price as Alfredo.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 20 minutes

 

La Traviata
1/2" VHS color videocassette; 1982 Franco Zeffirelli film of Verdi’s opera starring Teresa Stratas as Violetta and Plácido Domingo as Alfredo
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 45 minutes

 

Il Trovatore
1/2" VHS black & white videocassette
1957 film of Verdi’s opera starring Mario del Monaco as Manrico, Leila Gencer as Leonora, Ettore Bastianini as Di Luna, Fedora Barbieri as Azucena; Fernando Previtali, conductor.
In Italian, no subtitles
2 hours 5 minutes

 

Il Trovatore
1/2" VHS color videocassette; 1985 Arena di Verona production of Verdi’s opera starring Fiorenza Cossotto, Rosalind Plowright, Franco Bonisolli, Giorgio Zancanaro; conducted by Reynald Giovaninetti.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 30 minutes

 

Turandot
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1988 Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini’s opera starring Plácido Domingo as Calaf, Eva Marton as the Princess Turandot, and Leona Mitchell as Liù; James Levine, conductor; Franco Zeffirelli, stage director.
In Italian with English subtitles
2 hours 14 minutes

 

Tutte le strade portano a Roma
1/2" VHS (PAL) color videocassette
Anna, a young tourist, discovers the secrets of Rome in seven days: the Collosseum, Vatican City and a Papal blessing, the Rome of today with information on shopping, food, transportation, Cinecittà (Italy’s Hollywood), Tivoli and its fountains, wine tasting in Frascati, Trevi fountain.
In Italian, no subtitles
Approx. 50 minutes

 

 

L’ultimo bacio
1/2" VHS (PAL) videocassette
Gabriele Muccino (2001)
Donatello Award-winning film; eight principal characters wrestle with the fear of growing up, responsibility, and the fear of growing older in this “story of all love stories” that focusses on Carlo (Stefano Accorsi) and Giulia (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), two middle-class thirtysomethings, who are about to get married and have a child.
In Italian, no subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

 

 

La vita è bella (Life Is Beautiful)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1998 Academy Award-winning (“Best Foreign Language Film”) film starring “Best Actor” Roberto Benigni; Benigni plays an imaginative, funny waiter named Guido who falls in love and marries a schoolteacher named Dora (Nicoletta Braschi); during the last months of World War II, Guido, an Italian Jew, Dora, and their son Giosué are taken to a Nazi concentration camp where Guido uses his ingenuity and inner strength to continue to communicate with his wife (in another camp) and to protect his son from the horrors of his surroundings by turning the situation into a game.
In Italian with English subtitles
1 hour 56 minutes

 


The World Says Welcome
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Monterey Institute of International Studies © 1987
A fast-paced, informative video program using real-life interviews with young Americans living and working throughout the world; designed to stimulate interest in foreign language and to provide expert advice on how to prepare for an international career; accompanying materials include: teacher’s guide, counselor’s guide, suggestions for use in classroom and an international careers bibliography.
Approx. 27 minutes

 

The Worlds of Umberto Eco
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1995 film shot on location in Italy and France by Gero von Boehm and Ricardo de Sanctis; interview with Eco the novelist, journalist and professor in which he expresses his thoughts on medieval aesthetics, semiotics and his own fiction, among other topics; includes a dramatization of a passage from his book The Island of the Day Before.
In English
43 minutes