The spectators were surprised to discover not only a gangster Saga, but also other important and advanced in all respects , the television series: bold “Sex in the city” (6 seasons, 1998-2004), the Comedy-drama “the Customer is always dead” (5 seasons, 2001-2005) (some series of which surpassed the quality of even “the Sopranos“), the police show “the Wire” (5 seasons, 2002-2008) and the Western “Deadwood” (3 seasons, 2004-2006).
Of course, the cable network has happened and outright failures, but the names of these failed projects, it is unlikely that you would say something. In any case, HBO has set a new standard for television for a long time ahead of its more venerable competitors with their system of “total censorship”.
Broadcast “the Sopranos” broke all sorts of ratings, with the finale of the fourth season to keep up with failed to anyone, and the last series of the fifth season failed to get to the top of the hit parade only for the playoff games of the National Basketball Association.
Ratings — an indicator of quantity, but rather on the side of quality was made by the prestigious television award “Emmy”.
- For the period of the broadcast of the show, its creators and performers of the main roles was just for Emmy nominated 110(!) time — unprecedented in the television business.
As a result, the winners of this award had become and my goodness gracious. (three times), Eddie Falco (Carmela, also three times) and Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), Drea de Matteo (adriana La Hearts) and Joe Pantoliano (Ralph Cifaretto).
The David chase twice awarded very significant in America, the Directors Guild, plus he’s got a few Emmy for the script and “Best drama series” in 2004. Their award-winning “the Sopranos” is not spared one of the prestigious organization in the world of show business. Was “Golden globes”, and prizes from the actors Guild and the writers Guild, from various film critic associations and TV crews. Even the soundtrack to the TV series fell twice in the list of nominees for the Grammy awards, however, never won.
“It was incredible to watch as Michael Corleone shakes hands with Tony Soprano”.
This fact happened on one of the ceremony, “Amy”, where al Pacino, who received the award for the miniseries “Angels in America”, first met James Gandolfini.
Trying other channels to cash in on the success of “the Sopranos” was a failure. Launched in 2000 the project on CBS ‘ “Falcone,” based on memoirs, the already mentioned Joseph Pistone, did not last one season. The same unenviable fate befell crime NBC miniseries “the Clan” (Kingpin, 2003), which tells about the everyday life and holidays of the Latin drug cartel. Not to say that these attempts were Amateur, but in comparison with the work of David chase, they looked pale, they had no soul.
The journalist of the online edition of Viewpoints Italia has visited on shootings of the fifth season of the series.
“Fans of the series are possible in all social segments, no matter how you divide, by gender, age, social position or ethnicity. This motley audience even not so interesting “mafia aspects of the show”. Many are more interested in issues related to events within the family Soprano, Tony’s relationship with his wife, children, his digging in yourself and psychotherapy”.
However, the TV series “the Sopranos” — is, above all, gangster story, following the laws of the genre, even in cases where it elegantly modifies them or dissects. To a large extent the popularity of this telesia required a thorough demonstration of the life and style of organized crime in the new Millennium. David chase admits that his personal knowledge in this area is as secondary as a classic of the genre, Mario Puzo:
“I don’t know anyone who was in the mafia. Except that in school I studied with a guy whose father was a new York mobster. That’s all my connections. During the first season, I entirely relied on the veteran TV writer Frank Renzulli, who during his career has already delved into similar material.”
Of course, not all the facts shown in the film correspond to reality. The least reliably a large number of murders. Assassinations in the life of the mafia clans occur much less frequently than shown in the show. When the gangsters “bump” their own kind, or fallen under the hand of the unfortunate “citizens,” most often the conflict limited to the use of brute force, without the use of firearms. In the real world mobsters take a gun just in case, carry a gun with you everywhere is impractical and insecure trite is a wonderful cause for the arrest.
The expert in these matters, Joseph Pistone continues:
“There are certain mafia rules that you can not break at all, under any circumstances. To understand them is simple, and no mystery, they are not — they are so obvious that you can’t break by accident. Remember a few postulates, which can lead to your sudden death. Will not be sharing illegally earned money, you die. Will testify in court, you will die. Be too talkative with the police, you die. Raise my hand to his, you will die. As for women, the fastest way to get a bullet between the eyes — to have a relationship with a girlfriend, wife or daughter of a mobster. It is not only the fastest way but also the most stupid…”
When audiences first saw “the Godfather“, themselves Italian-Americans who are surprised, who are horrified to recognize in the characters in the movie themselves. Coppola describes in his painting the two first-generation Italian immigrants, “the Sopranos” is talking about the third (Tony Soprano) and fourth generations (his children, Meadow and A. J.). The most vehement critics of the TV show wrote that the series distorts the real picture, exposing the Italian community and its culture in an impartial way. Nevertheless, it is clear that even in comparison with the work of Coppola and Scorsese’s “the Sopranos” — the best Italian movie of all time.
Michael Rispoli, who played in the first season of cancer-ridden mob boss Jackie Aprile, suggests that “the Sopranos” not only revived the genre of the gangster Saga, but brought to a new level the presence of Italo-American style in film and television:
“At the beginning of the first season I was on business in Utah. My wife and I sit in the diner, eating Breakfast. Waitress comes over to me and says: “I yesterday saw on TV. You’re an actor?” I answer that Yes, it is. I remember a Comedy “While you were sleeping” with Sandra bullock. She said no, isn’t it, there was something about the mafia. I answer that, they say, most likely this painting “Juror”, where I played a gangster. No, again, says it’s some kind of series… Then it dawns on me. “The Sopranos?” — ask. She is happy: “Yes! Yes! Sure! My mom loves this show!” It’s only been four weeks since the premiere of the pilot, is the first season. When I got home, I called James Gandolfini and say, “Jimmy, your show is just a megahit, even Mormons love it!”
“The Sopranos”, the most rewarding, multi-layered and valuable in artistic terms of television drama in the history of the genre, once again confirms the vastness and breadth of myths about the mafia and demonstrates how talented people can use this theme not only for romanticizing crime, but also to Express their relationship to culture, psychology and national character. The best example of what it means to be Italian-American in the twenty-first century, many years later, after the arrival of the first Soprano, De Angelis, Cusamano and Melfi in a strange new world called “L America”.