If there’s one thing the world doesn’t need, it’s another Italian Mafia series. Mob shows have become the go-to genre for the Italian industry. Gomorrah (on HBO in the US) and Subra It spawned dozens of (mostly inferior) imitations (on Netflix).
But bad guyThe new mafia show from Indigo Film and Amazon Studios is something different.
Released on Amazon worldwide in early December, the series broke new ground in how the forces fighting the mafia and organized crime are portrayed on Italian television.
Set in Sicily in the near future, this series stars Luigi Lo Casio (traitor, Best of Youth) as Nino Scotellaro, a former anti-mob prosecutor imprisoned on a fabricated charge of conspiring with Cosa Nostra. Enraged at the injustice, he vows revenge. Over the course of the six-episode first season, Nino goes from very good to very bad as he seeks revenge and crosses all moral boundaries, including murder.
That alone is new for Italian television. Mafia-fighting lawyers, at least on the small screen (see example from RAI’s long-running anti-mafia series) La Piovra) — usually indicated as a modern saint. Not Nino Scotellaro. He is a man with a penchant for retaliation, matched only by his love of fine dining and good cigars. This series is breaking bad When Better Call Saul By portraying the transformation of a good man into something completely dark.
RAI series hunterFrancesco Montanari, who played a law-bending, mob-incarcerating prosecutor, opened the door to a more human and flawed portrayal of Italian anti-mob lawyers.but here hunter push the envelope bad guy Tear open the envelope and throw it in the trash.
the beginning of the series, bad guy Directors Giuseppe G. Stasi and Giancarlo Fontana make a clear break with tradition. Throughout the show, we see characters watching a fictional television series depicting the murder of Nino’s father-in-law, a saint’s prosecutor who was killed in a mob bombing. It doesn’t subtly delve into the way I like to tell stories in distinct tones of black and white.
Stasi and Giancarlo Fontana began their careers as satirists, making a name for themselves with spoofed online videos that made fun of current affairs and Italian politics with references to pop culture and American cinema. They worked with some of the biggest names in Italian comedy, including Sabina Guzanti and Neri Marcole, to direct their 2018 feature-length hit. Put grandma in the freezer (Metti La Nonna in the freezer) before pointing the camera at the Mafia bad guy.
That comical background comes out in the running humor bad guy, feels more inspired by Quentin Tarantino than Francis Ford Coppola. It’s also expressed in the style of the series, which features rapid stylistic editing and a keen ear for musical cues and needle drops.
Completely fictional, but bad guy It makes extensive use of official sources and local details to create a credible and effective three-dimensional world for Nino Scotellaro and his mob antagonists.
This is very new for Italian television and should be welcomed.I wish the international success of bad guy — The show, which premiered on Amazon’s Top 10 Most Watched Shows in the U.S. on December 8, is set for a second season and will see even more imitators return home.