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L'Oriana
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Oriana Fallaci, the first female Italian war correspondent, was born in Florence in 1929. Despite her young age, she was a partisan during World War II. This film by Marco Turco, starring Vittoria Puccini, tells Oriana’s story as she travels the world, together with photographer, Duilio Pallottelli, to write about women and other controversial topics, including the Vietnam war. Both loved and hated for her radical positions, she fought for what she believed in and became famous worldwide for her coverage of war and revolution, and her aggressive and revealing interviews with many world leaders from the 1960s onward.

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L'Oriana - film - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana Fallaci was a famous journalist, writer, and activist. This biopic starring Vittoria Puccini recounts some aspects and episodes of her multi-faceted life. See the trailer here, or, if you're not yet a Yabla subscriber, see it on YouTube.

L'Oriana - film - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Lisa's goal in meeting with Oriana is an interview, which Oriana clearly does not want to give. But she tells about when she was a ruthless interviewer herself, in both Italy and the U.S.

L'Oriana - film - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana has to argue with her boss to be able to go around the world interviewing women. In 1961, she manages to fly to Pakistan but is frustrated by how hard it is to even talk to another woman.

L'Oriana - film - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana writes about the conditions of Muslim women in Islamic countries. In 1967, she goes to South Vietnam, a country being torn apart by war.

L'Oriana - film - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Welcome to Saigon! Oriana goes to the press office and meets François Pelou, a war correspondent from France. There is a crisis going on and together, they attempt to head it off.

L'Oriana - film - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

François Pelou e Oriana Fallaci walk around the streets of Saigon and go into a nightspot where the soldiers spend time with Vietnamese girls. The next day they get some instructions from the military for staying healthy and safe during their stay.

L'Oriana - film - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana gets onto a helicopter with the troops. And she ends up in the thick of things.

L'Oriana - film - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana manages to interview some soldiers, each with his own experience to share. The song at the end of the segment is "My Girl" written by Smokey Robinson for The Temptations. It was a number one hit song in the mid-sixties.

L'Oriana - film - Part 9

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana goes to see François Pelou and then gets permission to interview the prisoners who had been sentenced to death.

L'Oriana - film - Part 10

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana finally meets General Loan and interviews the three prisoners.

L'Oriana - film - Part 11

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana visits an orphanage and it has a long-lasting effect on her that she will never forget.

L'Oriana - film - Part 12

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

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Oriana has a difficult conversation with General Loan, but manages to get out of the war zone safely. Back in the present day, she tells Lisa more about her time in Vietnam and about her relationship with François.

L'Oriana - film - Part 13

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Lisa plays a tape that Oriana thought had been destroyed. It takes her back to 1973, when instead of going to Bonn, Oriana decides to go to Athens, where Panagulis has just been freed from five years in prison. She wants to interview him.

L'Oriana - film - Part 14

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Panagulis tells Oriana about his 5 years in prison and how he survived it, including physical and psychological torture. She is riveted to the point of forgetting she has a plane to catch.

L'Oriana - film - Part 15

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana gets a chance to browse around in Alekos' studio before getting some sleep. The next day, she has to call the office and explain why she is still in Athens. Aleko shows up and has a surprise. He wants to enjoy his freedom, but has lots of work to do, too.

L'Oriana - film - Part 16

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alekos and Oriana have a romantic moment but he is always thinking about his battle against the government. Oriana has her own ideas about how to run a successful resistance.

L'Oriana - film - Part 17

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alekos is having a hard time convincing others of his ideas. Oriana is under pressure from her boss. There is a lot of tension.

L'Oriana - film - Part 18

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana is having to deal with some major changes in her life that will have a long-lasting effect on her.

L'Oriana - film - Part 19

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

After her miscarriage, Oriana goes to work in the Milan office, far from Panagulis. But then she gets some news about Greece that spurs her to action.

L'Oriana - film - Part 20

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Elections are held, and Panagulis becomes a member of parliament. He then has to testify at an important trial for the crimes of the junta.

L'Oriana - film - Part 21

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alekos figures out how to obtain some important evidence against the government, and discusses things with Oriana on the way to the airport, where she'll take a flight back to Italy.

L'Oriana - film - Part 22

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Oriana tells Lisa about finishing her book, Un uomo (a man), and promoting it, especially in non-democratic countries. She travels to Iran in 1979 to interview the new leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, and to talk to someone who wants to translate her book.

L'Oriana - film - Part 23

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Despite huge obstacles, Oriana finally manages to interview Ayatollah Khomeini. The controversial encounter contributed to making Oriana Fallaci worldwide famous.

L'Oriana - film - Part 24

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Lisa finally feels comfortable leaving Oriana at the hospital and goes back to the house to watch some interviews with the journalist.

L'Oriana - film - Part 25

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Soon after the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers in New York City, where Oriana happens to be living, she breaks her self-imposed silence and writes an article for the Milanese newspaper Corriere della Sera.

L'Oriana - film - Part 26

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Back in Florence, Oriana has a conversation with her doctor about her condition. Lisa goes to see at her house her and tells her what she's been up to.

L'Oriana - film - Part 27

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Lisa and Oriana spend some moments together for the last time. Lisa asks a final question and gets an answer that greatly affects both of them emotionally.

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