By way of promoting our new ‘easy reader’ ebook, ‘Per un pugno di dollari‘, here’s a heads up for any club memberss who find themselves in Italy right now (or who know how to avoid the ‘geo blocking’ software used to protect intellectual property such as movies…)
The film, which our writer, Giovanni Galavotti, has skillfully simplified and summarised for learners of Italian in the latest addition to our Classic Italian Movies series, is available FOR FREE on the RAI (Italian national broadcaster’s) website!
You’ll find it here, but as I said, you need to be in Italy, and to register, to watch it.
A while back it was also available on Amazon Prime, or whatever Amazon call their TV steaming thingy these days. So you could check that out, too.
And if you search for ‘Per un pugno di dollari’ in Youtube, they might (depending on where you are) also offer you the chance to pay to watch it. It’s not expensive.
I couldn’t find a free version online, sorry!
Don’t have Amazon Whotsit, or wish to further enrich the Google boys, owners of Youtube?
Then you can at least listen to a brief snatch of Ennio Morricone’s famous soundtrack (also Youtube, sorry – https://youtu.be/t0U9HGaW0lo ) to appreciate a classic trumpet solo, and so get in the mood for reading our ebook!
Psyched up and ready to read/listen (or gunfight with bad guys)??
First, check out the FREE sample chapter (.pdf) to verify that the material is at an appropriate level for you, and that it will work on the device you want to use it on.
‘Per un pugno di dollari’, directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, was filmed in the deserts of Spain and released in Italy in 1964. The film wasn’t the first of the so-called ‘spaghetti western’ genre, but did a lot to popularise this rethinking of what was, by then, the rather tired western format. Two further films followed, and the trilogy was released in 1967 in the USA – at which point the director and many of the cast took on American-sounding stage names so as to seem more familiar to moviegoers.
Giovanni Galavotti’s re-telling of the story of the film for learners of Italian makes a great introduction before watching the movie itself (ideally in Italian!) Or can be used simply as supplementary reading/listening material which, for lovers of the wild west, is guaranteed to liven up your study program!
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 8 chapters to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at B1/B2 level and above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
How do I access my ebook?
When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your payment is processed), a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook (.mobi/Kindle-compatible, .epub) cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them.
We don’t JUST sell stuff, you know!
Check out the free resources on the club website, and sign up for the thrice-weekly bulletins of ‘easy’ Italian news, which are also free.
The links, along with one to our online shop (ebooks! one-to-one lessons with native speaker teachers!) are below: