Excitement! Subtitles! Italian Binge-Watch Heaven!
As BAD as Italian TV used to be, that’s how GREAT it is now! I LOVE ITALIAN TV!
Loved Suburra, the movie and the TV series that is its prequel is even better; it’s so good, I stayed up all night watching it.
In ancient Rome, the Suburra was a sort of red light district where the rich and powerful met in secret, and in the TV show, it represents a power struggle like no other: The Church vs. The Mafia vs. The Government. The show’s “star” is Ostia, the harbor city of ancient Rome and now the focus of a tug of war. Just as Rome’s mayor is resigning, there’s a piece of land there that’s owned by the Vatican and everybody is anxious to get deals done before a new mayor takes charge. The goal is to make Ostia a major Los Vegas style gambling destination.
In the meantime, the church official that is handling the sale gets himself into a huge pickle when his proclivity for orgies is discovered by three young (and slightly adorable) criminals who decide it’s in their best interest to put aside differences and work together. The cagy trio consists of Aureliano (Alessandro Borghi from Suburra the movie), Spadino, from the Gypsy mafia (Giacomo Ferrara from Suburra the movie), and college student/drug dealer Gabriele (Eduardo Valdarnini from Arianna). What do they have in common? Nobody around them thinks they are capable of pulling off anything, and even though in their own separate worlds they probably couldn’t, together, they have power, and maybe even a friendship.
Gomorra (Gomorrah) the TV series is the hottest thing in Italy.
Shot in Naples and “ugly in a good way”, the wildly entertaining.TV adaptation of Roberto Saviano’s book and Matteo Garrone’s award-winning film is Italy’s most popular TV show ever is available to stream in the United States.
Naples’ major crime boss, Don Pietro Savastano orders his guys to kill a rival boss, and after a suicide mission to enemy headquarters produces more casualties than seem prudent, all hell breaks loose.
Vengeance, brutality, lawlessness plus the authenticity from Saviano’s expert technical advising combine to create great TV for anyone who loves crime shows, Mafia stories, or just Italy in general.
Gomorrah has all the appeal of shows like The Sopranos, but “Gomorrah is more realistic”, says journalist and author Beppe Severgnini. “The criminals aren’t glorified; there are no lovable monsters like Tony Soprano. Its story lines are fictional, but they draw on current events. With stunning camerawork, fast-paced tempos and well-written dialogue that rolls out in accurately rendered Neapolitan Italian, it is proof, if proof were needed, that Italians can turn out first-rate television.”
If you love soccer, this 3 episode look at “Juve”, the professional Italian football club in Torino.
Il Commissario Montalbano Detective Montabano
This long-running Italian detective series is a favorite here in the USA!