Saturday, June 10 2023

The Eye on the Movie (In Italian “Occhio al film”) manual
by Franco Olearo and Cecilia Galatolo (Punto Famiglia publishing house,
2022) was recently released in bookstores and digital libraries.

While it’s true that there are many books like this, Eye on the Movie has something special that makes it worth
reading. The book, authored by Franco Olearo and Cecilia Galatolo, lead us
reflect on the extraordinary ability stories have to shape popular culture,
and so morals and costumes. The authors offer a practical guide to
successfully comprehending all that a film or t.v. series
proposes, going beyond looking at the plot alone. It encourages readers to
use an educational and value-based perspective, leading them to discover
for himself a work’s overall meaning, which may have a life-long impact.

Eye on the Movie
isn’t a typical critical guide to film-watching. It goes beyond that,
training viewers to form their own criterion of judgment to bypass the
barriers of political correctness and mainstream culture. This will
ultimately enable them, especially with their families, to think more
deeply and consciously about the movies they watch.

Who it’s for

Eye on the Film
is not only for adults or movie experts, but it’s especially made for young
people, to nurture their narrative intelligence. Narrative
intelligence is an ability that may help them grasp not only the meaning of
the actions narrated but also the language of human actions, thereby being
able to discern a work’s underlying message. Obviously, Eye on the Movie is a book that can also be helpful and
inspirational for parents, grandparents, formators, and educators. The
goal, as the authors themselves write, “is to contribute to the acquisition
of healthy discernment. Simply put: to identify what are the most
appropriate criteria to adopt in order to succeed in watching a film/t.v.
series from an effective, educational perspective.”

Who are the authors

Franco Olearo: a grandfather of eight (so far), founder of web portal, and
engineer with a passion for cinema.

Cecilia Galatolo: a young mother and passionate writer. Her best-known work
is You were born an original, don’t live as a photocopy (“Sei nato
originale, non vivere da fotocopia,” 2017).

They both have a passion for cinema and educating young people. Their work
is a good instance of intergenerational dialogue.

Where to find it

Eye on the Movie
is available in Italian at:

Occhio al film

Happy reading!




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