History Main / ItaliansTalkWithHands

17th Apr '16 3:25:42 PM Fireblood
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Exaggerations apart, this trope is a case of TruthInTelevision. It isn't strictly Italian, though, the custom being common around the Mediterranean (Greeks, Lebanese, Spaniards and Egyptians are all widely noted for their fondness for gesticulation), owing to a long history of trade and other interaction between peoples who speak different languages (gestures can get a message across well even with the most limited of speech). Note though that not only movies wildly exaggerate the whole thing but actually, most Italians don't gesticulate ''at all''; needless to say, [[BerserkButton this trope tends to annoy them quite a lot]].

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Exaggerations apart, this trope is a case of TruthInTelevision. It isn't strictly Italian, though, the custom being common around the Mediterranean (Greeks, Lebanese, Spaniards and Egyptians are all widely noted for their fondness for gesticulation), owing to a long history of trade and other interaction between peoples who speak different languages (gestures can get a message across well even with the most limited of speech). Note though that not only do movies wildly exaggerate the whole thing but actually, most Italians don't gesticulate ''at all''; needless to say, [[BerserkButton this trope tends to annoy them quite a lot]].
4th Apr '16 1:27:54 AM Chabal2
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* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' has one video end with "In the next programmen we will look at: Italians". Showing a man with electrodes all over his body and yes, gesticulating wildly.

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* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' has one video end with "In the next programmen program, we will look at: Italians". Showing a man with electrodes all over his body and yes, gesticulating wildly.
27th Nov '15 11:39:30 AM nombretomado
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* In a ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, January Jones as a HouseWife from TheFifties advises viewers that if Italians come to your party, give them enough space to talk with their hands.
* During their trip to Italy on ''ILoveLucy'', Lucy assures Ethel that she knows enough Italian to get by, by demonstrating the different hand gestures she's learned--including the ones for "wonderful", "who knows?", and "get me a large pizza". The latter gesture is then used by two different Italians later in the episode.

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* In a ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, January Jones as a HouseWife from TheFifties advises viewers that if Italians come to your party, give them enough space to talk with their hands.
* During their trip to Italy on ''ILoveLucy'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Lucy assures Ethel that she knows enough Italian to get by, by demonstrating the different hand gestures she's learned--including the ones for "wonderful", "who knows?", and "get me a large pizza". The latter gesture is then used by two different Italians later in the episode.
13th Oct '15 10:04:01 PM karstovich2
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* Justice Antonin Scalia (who is of Sicilian ancestry) of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts U.S. Supreme Court]], when asked to respond to his many critics, famously cupped his hand under his chin and flicked it toward the questioner. Many news outlets reported this to mean "fuck off," but Scalia claimed the gesture is actually used in Sicilian culture to mean "I couldn't care less."
9th Oct '15 2:59:21 PM nombretomado
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* The very first time PercyJackson spots siblings Bianca and Nico di Angelo from across a room, he notes they're doing this. However, it doesn't seem to be a habit (neither of them are ever mentioned to do it again) and might only have been because they were arguing.

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* The very first time PercyJackson Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}} spots siblings Bianca and Nico di Angelo from across a room, he notes they're doing this. However, it doesn't seem to be a habit (neither of them are ever mentioned to do it again) and might only have been because they were arguing.
14th Jul '15 2:41:56 AM jormis29
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* This happens in the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3iAqxNpQ-A Italian Class]]" sketch in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. When the Italians taking the class speak on their own, they gesture while talking.
* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' has one video end with "In the next programmen we will look at: Italians". Showing a man with electrodes all over his body and yes, gesticulating wildly.


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* This happens in the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3iAqxNpQ-A Italian Class]]" sketch in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. When the Italians taking the class speak on their own, they gesture while talking.
* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' has one video end with "In the next programmen we will look at: Italians". Showing a man with electrodes all over his body and yes, gesticulating wildly.
14th Jul '15 1:28:51 AM Chabal2
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* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' has one video end with "In the next programmen we will look at: Italians". Showing a man with electrodes all over his body and yes, gesticulating wildly.
13th Apr '15 10:16:23 AM nombretomado
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* ''DesperateHousewives'': Bree Hodge gesticulates while trying to impress some Italian clients of her catering agency.

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* ''DesperateHousewives'': ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': Bree Hodge gesticulates while trying to impress some Italian clients of her catering agency.
7th Jan '15 11:06:29 AM TheUnsquished
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* The Italy brothers from ''AxisPowersHetalia''. Particularly Italy Veneciano (North Italy).

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* The Italy brothers from ''AxisPowersHetalia''.''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. Particularly Italy Veneciano (North Italy).
8th Jun '14 2:51:51 AM Odon
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* Averted in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' where the mannerisms of the cyborg girls and their handlers resemble [[WeAllLiveInAmerica Japanese reserve rather than Italian expresssiveness]].
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