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Look who's Talking! 101 Things no One ever Told you About the Magic World of Italian Dubbing



Look who's Talking! 101 Things no One ever Told you About the Magic World of Italian Dubbing

The volume entitled Look who’s talking presents the 101 most famous phrases from the world of cinema and tells the story of who really said them on Italian screens. That is to say, the Italian voice-over artists, the best in the world, who often have lives that seem like a movie. Dubbing, other than being a bridge between Italy and the United States, has historically taught Italians to speak Italian when films, before the television, became one of the largest unifying social forces of the twentieth century. Dubbing became a custodian of the language because it made all the films in the world speak Italian.

"I have seen things that you people…My name is Bond, James Bond…Houston, we have a problem… I must break you…I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way…"

These are a few of the lines that have created cinematic history, and in many cases, they have gone on to become part of everyday life. In Italian cinemas the words aren’t spoken by Hollywood stars, rather they are spoken by their Italian voice. Sometimes the voices have notables behind them, names such as Gigi Proietti, Ferruccio Amendola, Giancarlo Giannini, but more often than not, they are completely unknown: Carlo Romano, Pino Locchi, Rosetta Calavetta, Maria Pia Di Meo who portray the voices of Don Camillo, 007, Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep.

This initiative, curated by Massimo Veronese, correspondent of Il Giornale and author of the book edited by Paolo Battaglia, was presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2017 and will be part of the program organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles on the occasion of the XVIII edition of the Week of Italian Language in the World.

Massimo Veronese, Paolo Battaglia and the voice over artist Alessandro Quarta will also present Look who’s talking in:

Houston on October 15 (University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences)

Orange County on October 16 (Chapman University)

Las Vegas on October 19 (College of Southern Nevada)

Organized by the IIC in collaboration with Anniversary Books, Consulate Generale of Italy in Houston, University of Houston, Rice University, Italian Cultural and Community Center di Houston,  Chapman University, Casa Italiana of Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada.


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Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : IIC

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura