A month of duels: Gomorrah vs. The Sopranos
The mafia ain’t what Coppola made it out to be.
In Gomorrah, a NYFF 2008 selection that is playing July 28 and 29 at the Film Society, you can take a hard look at the poisonous influence of the Camorra mob in a section of contemporary Naples. This is a grittier and more shocking exploration of well-worn territory. The film features Toni Servillo, himself the focus of a series that runs July 27-29.
The well-known Sopranos tweaks mafia legacy in a different way, but over six seasons, revealed the human complexities beyond the Godfather’s high drama.
Mafia movie/TV fans, what do you think? Incidentally, I came across a great exploration of the history of mob romaticization in the movies and TV in light of Gomorrah’s nuanced rendering via a blog called Kirby Dots. Check it out, and don’t miss the chance to see Toni Servillo in Gomorrah!