Gomorrah (TV Series)

 

Who says Italians cannot do cinema or TV series (any longer)? Gomorra (Italian for Gomorrah) is a 2014 Italian television serial and an exceptional case of success, with the production now exported in over 30 countries worldwide.
Gomorra is an incredible mix of violence and crude reality from everyday life of a Naples camorra clan members with an out-of-this-world dialogue (in real Neapolitan) and a psychedelic carousel through the most (in)famous places of Naples. Through convincing recitation from the actors (despite the mob world they undeniably belong to and a negative example of all it represents), some of them remain like very powerful characters, with memorable charisma and use of subterranean language.

It is based on the book Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, and on the film Gomorrah directed by Matteo Garrone, which won the 2008 Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Gomorrah is set in Naples, focusing on organised crime and the relationships of gangsters, drug dealers, and ordinary people. It is gritty, rough, tense, intense, yet surprisingly refreshing. It depicts a very different style of mafia portrayal from previous series such as The Sopranos, or even other Italian series like Il Capo dei Capi. Gomorrah is similar to The Wire in showing street-level crime and its hierarchical organisation from the pavement up to the office chair, and giving an audience a story about external and internal power struggles between criminals and delinquents. Described as “ugly in a good way,” the series is very gripping and fast, concentrating on cold emotive content for dramatic effect.

Starting from 6 May 2014, Gomorrah ran on Sky Italia with approximately 1.2 million viewers per episode. If you liked “The Sopranos”, if you loved “Romanzo Criminale” (another Italian success), you will love Gomorrah the series.