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October 23, 2017

International Roundtable "Italian Language and Cinema, Italian Language in Cinema"

International Roundtable "Italian Language and Cinema, Italian Language in Cinema"

Presenting a detailed analysis of the Italian realia in the cinema of the post-Soviet countries.


On October 20, 2017, Karazin University held the roundtable “Italian Language and Cinema, Italian Language in Cinema” dedicated to the XVII Week of the Italian Language in the World. The event took place under the auspices of the President of Italy.

The Associate Professor of the Department of Romance Philology and Translation of the School of Foreign Languages Simona Merkantini gave a report “Let’s Talk with Cinema — Lessons of Italian Phonetics” focused on the importance of articulation drills when learning Italian. The speaker demonstrated the method of listening and repeating a dialogue from the Pinocchio movie.

The Italian Linguistics Professor of the "G. d’Annunzio" University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy) Antonio Sorella told about the Italian language in cinema. He said that the films of the early XXth century used an artificial language. To that end, the Roman dialect was subsequently introduced to realistically depict life and to adjust cinema to real life through the use of living language.

Analyzing the novel by the modern Italian writer Paolo Giordano “The Solitude of Prime Numbers”, the Head of the Department of Romance Philology and Translation of the School of Foreign Languages, Svitlana Kryvorychko, said, “The book combines science and art, psychology and technicism, it revives communication with the reader. The author invents a creative reality through the mathematical outlook of the lead character, whose solitude is proved by mathematical rules and dominates in his nature and fate.”

Furthermore, the participants discussed the stereotypes about the Italian language. For one, the translator, instructor of the University Ukrainian-Italian Academic Center Oleksandra Rohovska presented a detailed analysis of the Italian realia in the cinema of the post-Soviet countries.

Originally posted on univer.kharkov.ua