giovedì 12 febbraio 2009

'The Modern World: Ten Great Writers' - Episode 8: L. Pirandello - questions

The Modern World: Ten Great Writers is a 1988 documentary series using drama and commentary to shed light on the lives and works of Joseph Conrad, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, T. S. Eliot, Henrik Ibsen, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Luigi Pirandello, Marcel Proust and Virginia Woolf.

YouTube Gottfried Geist's Channel offers the chance to watch the entire Episode 8, dedicated to Pirandello.
Please, write your answers to the following questions in your notebook.

Part 1/7

1. What did Pirandello say in his will?
2. Where was Pirandello born?
3. How did Pirandello describe himself?
4. Which plays gave Pirandello an international audience?
5. Where did Pirandello’s wife go?
6. According to Julian Mitchell, what are the main ideas in Pirandello's theatre?
7. What other authors do we associate with transcendental farce or black farce?
8. To which category of writers does Pirandello belong?

Part 2/7

9. According to Sciascia, what influence had Sicily and Sicilians on the writer?
10. What is theatre?
11. According to Sciascia, is spiritualism important in Pirandello’s works?
12. When were the six characters of Pirandello’s best-known play born?

Part 3/7

13. Who are the six characters of Pirandello’s best-known play?
14. What is the relationship among the six characters?
15. What does the father say about communication among human beings?
16. What did Pirandello say about ‘Life’ and ‘Form’?
17. What did Leonardo Sciascia say about ‘comedy’ and ‘tragedy’?

Part 4/7

18. Who is the character talking to in front of a glass?
19. Where did Pirandello study?
20. How were working conditions in the sulphur mines?
21. What was Pirandello’s father job?
22. What happened in the sulphur mine?
23. What were Pirandello’s wife reactions?

Part 5/7

24. What example did Pirandello give to explain the difference between ‘humor’ and ‘comedy’?
25. What did Pirandello think about Mussolini?
26. According to Sciascia, what was Pirandello’s view about Fascism and democracy?
27. According to Sciascia, can we find right-wing ideas in Pirandello’s theatre?
28. Write the plot of Henry IV.

Part 6/7

29. Is Pirandello a symbolist?
30. What does Henry IV lamp represent?
31. What questions does Pirandello ask? What are the answers?

Part 7/7

32. Is Pirandello a pessimist or a nihilist?
33. What project did Pirandello attempt?
34. When was Pirandello awarded the Nobel Prize?

[Many thanks to Bruna Crolla for her help with my English]

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