Well, Antonella Dalla Torre’s Italian 202 class had its first annual La Mattina degli Oscar (The Morning of the Oscars), and it was quite a special event. Good food, everyone well-dressed, and the culture was first rate, now that’s Italian! The occasion was a celebration of the recent work this class put into creating a series of pretty impressive Italian Mashups for their final projects.
The rules of the game were pretty simple:
- Each group had to use freely available, public domain clips from the Internet Archive to create a narrative.
- They had to write the script in Italian and get it approved.
- They were expected to perform the dialogs with passion.
- Finally, they needed to subtitle the entire film in Italian (most of which range from 2 to 3 minutes long)
The project seemed like a really fun experiment from what I could tell of the classes overall reaction this morning. There was a lot of laughter and kidding once the films were finally screened. Which is a good thing given the tight deadlines and intense collaborative work forced upon the students over a two week span at the end of the semester. I have to hand it to the class as a whole, they met the challenge with gusto. And I particularly have to hand it to Antonella for following and engaging so many of the conversations in regards to teaching and learning in our current moment (some of which happen in her dining room!) and framing out an impressive, pointed, and very powerful example of coalescing various media, languages, and cultures to give rise to some extremely fun and challenging projects. Bravo!
Below are scanned versions of the official “Oscar cards” for each of the five major categories which are followed by the actual mashups: 1) Best Film, 2) Best dialog, 3) Most creative, 4) Best Special Effects, and 5) Best soundtrack/music. (The Oscar cards featured below were designed by Michele Fontefrancesco.)
You can also see higher-quality versions on the class project blog “Il Mashup.”
Alien Pizza (Best Italian Film)
Maria! Maria! (Best dialog)
Libidine e disonesta (Most creative film)
La specie femmina (Best Special Effects)
La storia di Giovanna (Best use of music)