At ItalyIndeed, we believe travelling is not just about seeing new places and venturing into new scenarios. Travelling, for us, is also about discovering cultures and lifestyles as well as landscapes, tastes and sounds. Therefore, we have designed a tour for those who, as well as being interested in visiting off the beaten track sites, would also like to delve deeper into the Italian culture and language. Cinema is a fantastic lens through which to look at the history of our lifestyle, fashion, mores and values. Marcello Mastroianni, with his melancholic look and natural ability to portray almost any type of character, is the actor that probably best represents the Italian archetype in the mid-twentieth century. With ItalyIndeed’s Italian Language and Cinema classes, you can learn about the lives and artistic values of Mastroianni and other great actors and directors, and explore their legacy.
Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, in the province of Frosinone, and moved with his family at a young age to first Turin and then Rome, where he later began his long lasting career which saw him star in over 140 films. A Latin lover who was just as passionate about women as he was about his work, he was always gracious in how he handled life and disdained any form of vulgarity. Mastroianni’s humble origins and troubled experience during the Second World War, when he was a prisoner of the Nazis in a labour camp from which he managed to escape, both contributed to the contours of his talent. The man who described himself as having a “terribly ordinary face” is yet also the man who so memorably created a clumsy burgler in Monicelli’s ‘I soliti ignoti’, a philandering journalist in Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ and a homosexual in love with a woman in Scola’s ‘Una Giornata Particolare’. Let ItalyIndeed guide your discovery of Mastroianni’s radiant career as you learn about Italy’s recent history through his characters and films, a voyage for cinema lovers and language enthusiasts alike.