This is a post in the memory of James Gandolfini. There are not many TV shows I have really enjoyed, mostly because they are too boring. I don’t watch them a lot also because I don’t watch too much television in general, and lately, not at all. I have presented here, on this blog, series I have enjoyed in the past, like Rome, or Battlestar Galactica.
The series was aired by HBO for six seasons, from 1999 to 2007, with some pause in 2003 and 2005, season 6 having two parts,one in 2006, and one in 2007. It was created by David Chase, a television producer of Italian origin himself, his family name being DeCesare. Chase was involved in writing, directing and producing of all the episodes. He participate to all cast auditions and is rightly the soul of the show.
“I want to tell a story about this particular man. I want to tell the story about the reality of being a mobster—or what I perceive to be the reality of life in organized crime. They aren’t shooting each other every day. They sit around eating baked ziti and betting and figuring out who owes who money. Occasionally, violence breaks out—more often than it does in the banking world, perhaps.” – David Chase from an interview (cf. Wikipedia. I searched for the original but I haven’t found it. Doesn’t matter, the words are important, after all.)
This is one of the greatest television series of all times, it seems realistic in a twisted way, and has a lot of wisdom behind the entertainment. If you liked The Godfather, which was spectacularly done by Coppola, you’ll like the simplicity of The Sopranos. It became a cult in almost no time. Of course, it is not something to copy, there’s actually nothing to copy there, just the criminal mind is exposed without the Goodfellas grace-notes. It’s twisted.
Toni Soprano needed a psychiatrist, and he found Dr. Jennifer Melfi, who after a long struggle between her conscience and the Hippocrates Vow, found a truth expressed in her books as follows: “The criminal uses insight to justify heinous acts. Sentimentality reveals itself in compassion for babies and pets. Therapy has potency only for non criminals, for criminals it becomes one more criminal operation”. The authorities are weak, or don’t intervene. FBI has enough proof to convict Tony Soprano and the whole “family”, but Tony Soprano is a collaborator in “the war on terror”, so there is not the Department of Justice what judges him, but his own rivals, so he protect himself and his wife and kids from them.
The main cast who acted in all eighty six episodes, is composed by: James Gandolfini as “Tony Soprano”, Lorraine Bracco as “Dr. Jennifer Melfi”, Edie Falco as “Carmela Soprano”, Michael Imperioli as “Christopher Moltisanti”, Dominic Chianese as “Junior Soprano”,
Steven Van Zandt as “Silvio Dante”, Tony Sirico as “Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri”,
Robert Iler as “A.J. Soprano”, Jamie-Lynn Sigler as “Meadow Soprano”.
The cast is mostly of Italian origin, Bracco and Imperioli were chosen because they have been in Goodfellas. The same reason stands for Tony Sirico. The others were mostly unknown before The Sopranos. Other few celebs have been featured, some of them one episode guests (Ben Kingsley, Lauren Bacall, Daniel Baldwin, Elias Koteas, Annette Bening, Sydney Pollack, Hal Holbrook, Alicia Witt and the Once Upon a Time in America‘s Burt Young), some of them stable characters in the story (Joe Pantoliano, and Steve Buscemi, who also directed four episodes).
You have below a sort of a trailer. I was thinking about a compilation, but I’ve changed my mind, because it didn’t seem right, if you want to watch The Sopranos, you can do it on your own, there are certain ways for that.
I hope you liked it.
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