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Me Ne Frego - Il Fascismo e la lingua italiana - Part 15 View Series View This Episode

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The narrator goes over the vanishingly small number of expressions coined during Mussolini's time that are still in use today. The song that gives the series its name is provided in full.

Me Ne Frego - Il Fascismo e la lingua italiana - Part 14 View Series View This Episode

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After the war came TV. It changed everything, and provided a new way to unify the Italian language and teach people reading and writing.

Me Ne Frego - Il Fascismo e la lingua italiana - Part 13 View Series View This Episode

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The segment looks at the Royal Academy of Italy's dictionary of Italian, which was filled with quotes from Mussolini. By the end of World War II, the dictionary had gotten to the letter “C.”

Me Ne Frego - Il Fascismo e la lingua italiana - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

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Mussolini inveighs against the middle class, saying that it is the enemy of fascism. Much of the footage in this segment features EUR, the Rome district that was built in the 30s and 40s.

Me Ne Frego - Il Fascismo e la lingua italiana - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

This segment opens with a sort of poem, demonstrating how kids growing up in fascist Italy were expected to behave. Minority groups had a pretty hard time, too.

Me Ne Frego - Il Fascismo e la lingua italiana - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

Schools in fascist Italy banned the study of dialects and moved to using standardized textbooks. The fascist hymn “Viva Adua nostra” refers to a battle won by the Kingdom of Italy in 1896 near Adwa, Ethiopia.

Me Ne Frego - Il Fascismo e la lingua italiana - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

Soon after the introduction of talkies, dubbing came about in the thirties. Dubbing was extremely popular in Italy and remains so today.

Me Ne Frego - Il Fascismo e la lingua italiana - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The nineteen twenties ushered in sound in cinema. Italy's L.U.C.E. [L'Unione Cinematografica Educativa or Educational Film Union] was founded in 1924 and generated the fascist regime's cinematic propaganda.

Me Ne Frego - Il Fascismo e la lingua italiana - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

In World War I, Italians who up until then had spoken their regional dialects, found themselves fighting side by side against a common enemy. But Mussolini was interested in fighting the internal enemy.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 15 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The documentary comes to a close with an interview regarding a prison cell used during the Inquisition. The cell bears the graffiti of its inmates. Pitrè had laboriously uncovered the graffiti, but it was only rediscovered in the 1970s by the writer Leonardo Sciascia and the interviewee in this segment, Giuseppe Quatriglio, who used Pitrè's writing to find it.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 14 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

A Palermo doctor discusses the Integration of immigrants in Sicily and highlights the successes in healthcare. Medical assistance is provided for all immigrants, whether lawful or not.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 13 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

A Palermo doctor is interviewed about his practice and the African and Southeast Asian immigrant patients that he treats.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

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Palermo faces the sea and has a very long history of immigration. The narrator interviews a young woman whose great grandfather came to Sicily from Sudan. She is involved in educating immigrants from Africa and Asia. Pitrè was also highly involved in education.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

Giuseppe Pitrè loved attending performances of chivalric folk plays in Palermo. This segment follows a marionette player at Palermo's Opera dei Pupi, the same theater where Pitrè went to see folk epics.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

A woman performs a traditional Sicilian ritual involving the sticking of pins into an onion, accompanied by prayers, in order to bring back the boyfriend of her suppliant.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

Giuseppe Pitrè received his degree in medicine in 1865. His patients, among Palermo's poorest, provided him with a wealth of ethnographic material.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

The segment concentrates on the richness of the Sicilian dialect, a dialect which is less and less spoken. The narrator interviews two poets who recite their works in Sicilian, providing insights into the language.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

Saint Rosalia (1130–1166), recognized by her crown of roses, is Palermo's patron saint. The video shows the July 14 parade in honor of the saint, and a young man who credits his cure from a grave illness to Saint Rosalia.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

Pitrè's mission was to conserve and safeguard the traditions of his people, the Sicilians, and to keep the roots alive. Looking at religious traditions is one important way to do this.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

This segment focuses on an actor who retells and acts out stories from Sicily's past, speaking in Sicilian dialect. He uses the Pitrè Museum as a source for material. The museum houses a manuscript with over 4,000 Sicilian proverbs, just one of the many volumes of Sicilian ethnographic material.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

Pitrè's life was marked by a sort of travelling storyteller tradition in his family. In those days, a cuntastorie (storyteller) would go around to all the piazzas and tell stories, and people would pay to hear them.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

In this segment, we see some swordfish harpoon fishing, and hear an old Sicilian legend about a boy named Nicola who could stay underwater for a very long time. Here are the lyrics in Sicilian and English to one version of the legend in verse.

I Love Roma - guida della città - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The alternative tourism video starts by showing some of Rome's iconic sites, but will focus on less well-known quarters, such as the Salario-Trieste neighborhood in north Rome.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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Italy Sicilian

We learn about Pitrè's life, and his relationship to the sea.

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