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Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno
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The incredible story of Domenico Modugno who, from a little town in Apulia, went on to conquer the hearts of the entire world with his famous song Nel blu dipinto di blu (in the blue [sky], painted blue), better known as Volare (flying). Giuseppe Fiorello is a perfect choice for playing Modugno, given his talent as both actor and singer.

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Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

This biopic about Domenico Modugno, one of the most beloved Italian pop singers of all time, best known for his hit song, Volare, begins with a hymn to life. Enjoy!

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico tells his story to the audience, and to us, as he takes us back to when he was a youth. There was one movie theater in town, and he was always there.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico asks his cousin for some money to go to Rome, and goes to see the town priest to see if he can get a ride. But there is an emergency, and his priorities have to shift.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

In Sicily, at one time, horses would work in the sulfur mines and slowly become blind. The story is told through a Sicilian ballad, sung by Domenico Modugno. Mimì's mother sits with him as he prepared his bags, but she struggles to understand why he would want to leave. See complete lyrics (in Sicilian) here.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico gets on the pilgrimage bus to Rome and entertains his fellow passengers with a song. Don Antonio might have made different song choices... At the convent where the pilgrims are staying, Domenico makes friends with Father Mello.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico goes to the Experimental Center where there is a sea of candidates waiting their turns to go in and take the entrance exam. He meets a friendly guy named Riccardo Pazzaglia. He also meets a girl who is rather nervous and feeling insecure.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico does his audition in front of the movie camera. Then he has to figure out how to make enough money to pay for his room and board. His new friend Riccardo gives him a couple of important tips.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

While the hopeful actors are waiting at the gates of Cinecittà for a bit part, a famous actor drives out and causes a stir. Back at the convent, Domenico sings a song about a cricket in love with the moon. If you want to hear the whole song sung by Modugno, check it out here.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 9

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico gives a moving performance of one of his songs at the circolo (club), and meets Raimondo Lanza di Trabia, who is there with the actress/princess he had seen at the convent.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 10

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

In the present, Domenico is describing his life in Rome to his audience. There are flashbacks to the reality of those times.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 11

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico begins recounting his second (and best) year at the Experimental Center in Rome. One reason it was his best year is that he met a very special person.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 12

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico happens to get a glimpse of Vittorio De Sica himself and chases him down to ask him for a part.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 13

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

De Sica is generous with Domenico. Later on, seated on the curb with his friend, Domenico borrows a guitar from a "blind" person nearby and sings a song he wrote.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 14

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico gets a small role in a movie where he has to sing a child to sleep. He then tries his luck in a singing contest. He also seems to be getting some attention from some women...

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 15

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Mimmo is discouraged about getting rejected at the radio station, and Riccardo gives him some criticism. Franca has a different opinion. The students get together to celebrate the end of their two-year program at the Experimental Center.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 16

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico keeps telling his story, fast-forwarding a bit, and focuses on when he got a new place to live with his friends helping him, and meeting up with Franca again.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 17

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico isn't very adept at keeping his emotions, including jealousy, in check, and at the dinner party, he allows them to get the better of him. But there are all kinds of people at that party, and they aren't all against him.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 18

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy Pugliese

Domenico gets a big chance to sing for a celebrity, but it doesn't go the way he imagines. Palmieri keeps coming up with ideas for him, however.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 19

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico can't wait to tell Franca about doing the show, but she won't take his calls, so he goes to see her in person.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 20

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Franca was very skeptical about doing the broadcast with Mimmo, but ends up on the radio with him. There's one word to describe them: bravissimi! Remembering that these performances were live, not taped makes it all the more exciting to watch.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 21

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

For the radio show, Mimmo sings a very sad song, based on a story he had read in the newspaper. Note: The images of the event may be disturbing. This broadcast was one of the last Mimmo and Franca would be doing, and they talk about the immediate future as they walk home.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 22

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Franca's career is going nicely, and Mimmo decides that he'll do whatever they want him to: Sing, dance, act...

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 23

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

At their meeting with the head of Curci music publishers in Milan, Riccardo and Mimmo dare to mention the word "contract." Once back in Rome, the Prince shows up at the artists' circle where Mimmo is having dinner.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 24

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Before the prince leaves the gathering in a very melancholy mood, he tells Mimmo about a job. Mimmo gets the job, but has a hard time satisfying the director (who is a bit eccentric, it must be said). Franca comes to the theater to see Mimmo at a certain point, but it might not have been the right moment.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 25

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Franca, disappointed and hurt, goes to visit her grandmother in Sicily and writes a letter to Mimmo.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 26

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

The piazza where Mimmo and Franca perform is deserted, but everything changes once he starts singing a Tarantella. Later on, Mimmo takes Franca to one of his favorite spots.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 27

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

As Mimmo and Franca enjoy the beach and swimming in the clear water, he tells her about his childhood in the town they can see from where they are sitting.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 28

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

When they get to his hometown, there's one person Mimmo doesn't want to see and one person he does want to see. Later on, he talks to Franca about how frustrated he is about his career.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 29

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Mimmo goes to Paris and hears some great music, but doesn't have much success with his songs. That leaves him little choice but to go to Canada. It's cold there! He keeps in touch with Franca during his travels.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 30

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

The episode closes with one of Domenico Modugno's most famous songs, Tu si' 'na cosa grande (you are something great to me), as Mimmo muses about the present and the future.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico is back from cold Canada. He goes to see his friends at Cinecittà to catch up.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Mimmo is very happy to be back in Italy, and with Franca. His next task is to audition for Gramitto in Milan.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

This visit to Gramitto is a bit different from the others. Mimmo has a big surprise for Franca.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico hears some tragic news on the radio and it inspires him to express his grief in a song: Vecchio frac (old tuxedo), which later became a hit. He shares his mourning and memories with Franca.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Mimmo is describing the moment in which he and Franca take their relationship to another level and when he also finds the rhyme he'd been looking for in the song he'd been writing. Later, during the recording session of Vecchio frac, he finds out the censors have been at work and want him to change the lyrics.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Mimmo begins telling about his honeymoon, which was very short and simple and included his friends Riccardo and Rosi. A flashback takes us to the Modugno living room in Rome, where they all watch a little black and white TV where the famous presenter Mike Bongiorno is hosting a game show. Conversation turns to work and they talk about the future.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

In Paris, Mimmo and Franca are having a rough time getting by. But that doesn't stop Mimmo from wanting to have a good time. They don't agree on the right path to take.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico gets an impromptu chance to sing in Italian for a French audience, and it goes well. Not well enough, however, and he is still depressed and feeling uninspired.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 9

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Mimmo is stuck at home taking care of household matters, trying unsuccessfully to write new songs, and Franca is getting work and is out and about. This situation of dissatisfaction and imbalance leads to harsh words.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 10

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

It's coming on Christmas, and Mimmo is strolling through the street market. He spies an old friend who is clearly not doing so well. Domenico has been in that situation many times in the past and doesn't hesitate to "pay it forward."

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 11

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico feels misunderstood by his friends. As he walks with his friend Franco, a magazine cover attracts his attention. He goes to see his agent Gramitto, who has some news for him.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 12

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico's song Musetto is playing on the radio, and Franca hears it and realizes it's about her. He has dinner with his father who is in town, and some thorny subjects come up.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 13

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Franca is on tour and gets word about a new song of Mimmo's. She says she doesn't care at all, but it's clear she does.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 14

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Mimmo has realized that Franca wasn't the problem blocking him from songwriting. He misses her terribly, in fact, and his friend Franco comes up with an idea.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 15

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Mimmo doesn't want to have to change the lyrics of his latest song. Riccardo and Franco try to pressure him to do it, for the money. Franco is out of work, and Mimmo wants to help him.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 16

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

As Franco Migliacci wakes up after his hangover, he sees the poster he bought of Chagall's famous blue painting, and starts writing some lyrics. Later on he gets together with Mimmo, and has to be cajoled into showing him what he has written.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 17

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Three months have passed, and Mimmo and Riccardo are still trying to find the right lyrics for the song. Their frustration comes to the surface and the song risks going up in smoke.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 18

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

In the middle of the night, Mimmo finally comes up with the refrain to the song that would become famous the world over. He can't curb his enthusiasm and calls Franco and Gramitto, even though it's three in the morning.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 19

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

When Franca comes home after her day on set, she finds Mimmo asleep on the couch surrounded by sheets of music paper. She has some news for him. He goes to Milan to meet with Gramitto who has always been skeptical about the new song ever taking off.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 20

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

It's New Year's Eve and Mimmo and Franca celebrate with friends. As promised, Mimmo gets some concert clothes from the Sanremo festival. And then, the big day arrives and Domenico finds himself in the midst of already famous artists.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 21

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Franco Migliaccio is filled with pessimism and Johnny Dorelli is filled with fear, but Mimmo is feeling very sure of himself at the Sanremo Festival.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 22

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Mimmo and Franca have a relaxing moment by the sea. Franca has some important news for him.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 23

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

The big night arrives and we, along with so many watching him on black and white TV, finally hear the song in Modugno's performance at Sanremo. It was a moment of great pride and optimism for Italy.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 24

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

The winner of Sanremo is announced, and the news travels fast. The winning song makes Italians feel optimistic after the terrible war and postwar periods.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 2 - Part 25

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Domenico Modugno goes to New York City, where he sees his song has taken over. It made history all over the world.

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