Tuesday, 27 February 2018


[Spoiler-free review] Il commissario Montalbano, the Italian detective drama launched in 1999 and starring Luca Zingaretti as the character created by author Andrea Camilleri, returned this month on RAI 1 for a new series (the 12th) of two 120-minute episodes: La giostra degli scambi and Amore.

Amore was adapted by Francesco Bruni, Andrea Camilleri, Salvatore De Mola and Leonardo Marini with Valentina Alferj, from Andrea Camilleri's short stories Amore (in the collection Un mese con Montalbano) and La prova generale (in the collection Gli arancini di Montalbano). Salvo Montalbano dreams that he marries Livia Burlando but things don't turn out as planned. Pasquale, the son of his housekeeper Adelina, tells the commissario that he witnessed a strange scene between an elderly couple in the building where he lives. Salvo goes to their flat and sees the same scene but in reverse order.

Later, Montalbano, his deputy Mimi Augello (Cesare Bocci) and Inspector Giuseppe Fazio (Peppino Mazzotta) must find out what happened to a young woman named Michela Prestia. On a personal level, Salvo feels jealous about Livia. He confides in Mimi and gives Catarella (Angelo Russo, at his very best) a very special and most secret assignment. But the loyal agent does the job too well and doesn't reappear at the police station. Directed by Montalbano regular helmer Alberto Sironi, the absolutely superb Amore is the 32nd episode of Il commissario Montalbano.

Also starring Serena Iansiti (Michela Prestia), Fabrizio Ferracane (Saverio Moscato), Stella Egito (Cinzia Prestia), Gigio Morra, Roberto Nobile (Nicolò Zito), Giovanni Guardiano (Jacomuzzi), Gigliola Reina (Emanuela Di Giovanni), Vincenzo Catanzaro (Andrea Di Giovanni), Fabio Costanzo (Pasquale Cirrincio), Gino Nicolosi, Paola Abruzzo, Alessandro Mario, Valeria Contadino, Enzo Curcurù, Carmelinda Gentile, Ketty Governali and Rosario Terranova. With the participation of Sonia Bergamasco as Livia.

Inspector Montalbano is produced by Palomar and RAI Fiction. Produced by Carlo Degli Esposti, founder and president of Palomar, and Nora Barbieri with Max Gusberti. Marco Camilli is the producer for Palomar and Erica Pellegrini produces for RAI. Gianfranco Barbagallo exec produces. Music composed and conducted by Franco Piersanti. Songs by Olivia Sellerio. Cinematography by Franco Lecca. Distributed by Rai Com. Il commissario Montalbano is aired in the UK by BBC Four as Inspector Montalbano and in France on France 3 as Commissaire Montalbano

http://www.carlopalomar.it/ (The blog of Carlo Degli Esposti)

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