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Italian Detective Shows on MHZ

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29 August 2014 at 5:52am | IP Logged 
Super Challenge Italian alert: look what I found!

MHZ Networks has just
started streaming three Italian detective tv shows. Each are on their first episode. In
the past MHZ has streamed each episode for a week or so - the current episodes expire
September 8. The past couple months have been all Scandinavian thrillers; I'm excited
that they are moving south!

I took the descriptions below off of MHZ.

Nebbie e delitti (Fog and Crimes). A passion for the job makes Franco Soneri
the best investigator in Ferrara, but also its most difficult. He’s brusque and
inscrutable, but he and his team manage to discover what others would like to keep
hidden: addictions, pedophilia, secret loves, and even injustices left over from World
War II.


La piovra (The Octopus). First broadcast in Italy in 1984, The Octopus (La
Piovra) is an international blockbuster, running 18 years and producing nine follow-up
series. The title of this classic Mafia thriller says it all, evoking the image of a
secret criminal culture extending its tentacles into every layer of society. The
Octopus brings scope and sophistication to the story of an old battle and shows the
cost men and women pay when they stand up to the injustice of organized crime.


Il commissario Montalbano. Murder, betrayal, office politics, temptation...
it's all in a day's work for Detective Salvo Montalbano. With intuition and a cadre of
police officers, Montalbano solves crimes in the fictional small city of Vigata. This
work brings him across the paths of unforgettable characters who could only come from
Sicily. He also wages a personal war with his own demons, which fight against his
professional ideals and personal commitment to beautiful long-distance girlfriend,
Livia. Yet there's always time to indulge a long-standing flirtation with his ultimate
temptress, Italian cuisine.


I've seen the first two seasons of Montalbano, and really enjoyed it; the other
two are new to me.
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30 August 2014 at 3:27am | IP Logged 
And a quick update: Start with Montalbano or La piovra! I watched the first episode of
Fog and Crimes last night, and it wasn't very good. It had all the cliches of the
detective genre, but no real style.
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30 August 2014 at 5:42am | IP Logged 
I followed 'La Piovra' when it was on Norwegian TV (in the early Jurassic period before videos were ready
available) and I still remember how much I loved it, and how useful it was for my Italian. I do not remember
exactly when it was shown in Norway, but I learned Italian in 1989 and I remember that I could understand at
least some of the episodes fairly well, so I imagine that some of them were shown from 1989 onwards (either
that or I could understand it through my Spanish). Anyway, I highly recommend it. We were all madly in love
with Corrado Cattano, the main character, and shocked at what could possibly go on in Italy.

I just hope that seeing it again with older eyes will not change the experience too much for me. Anyhow,
thank you sooo much for giving us this link.

Edited by Solfrid Cristin on 30 August 2014 at 5:44am

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05 September 2014 at 8:49pm | IP Logged 
Solfrid Cristin wrote:
I followed 'La Piovra' when it was on Norwegian TV (in the
early Jurassic period before videos were ready available) and I still remember how
much I loved it ... I highly recommend it. We were all madly in love with Corrado
Cattano, the main character


Who, this guy? I can't imagine why ...



This is another reminder of how culturally isolated we were in the States in the '80's
(even though we thought we weren't). I read that La Piovra was huge all over
Europe, yet I had never even heard of it until last week.

I really liked the first episode - it holds up well! - and I'm going to be watching
the second as soon as it's released on Monday.
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06 September 2014 at 1:08am | IP Logged 
Not to make you feel old, but I've never heard of it; turns out my mum knows it by heart though. Now if I can find it in Italian with Russian subtitles...
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08 September 2014 at 11:11am | IP Logged 
Great stuff, I had never heard of the first two. La piovra sounds good and I'm surprised I haven't come across it before considering its apparent fame. I've watched quite a few episodes of Montalbano and I like it a lot, although some of the language in it is quite non-standard so I'm not sure how useful it is for less advanced learners.


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