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Detective De Luca


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(In Italian with English Subtitles) Against the backdrop of Italy’s political upheaval, Fascism and chaos during the tumultuous post-war period between 1938 and 1948, Detective De Luca does the one thing he knows how to do: be a cop. He investigates and solves crimes in the war-torn city of Bologna and along the Adriatic coast with little or no regard for those in power, whoever they happen to be. His solitary and uncompromising character, his magnetic effect on women, and the fact that he’s simply too skilled and too honest a policeman not to uncover the truth, all conspire to land him in trouble from time to time. Based on the best-selling crime novels by Carlo Lucarelli, Detective De Luca is a portrait of an iconoclastic detective who ultimately solves his cases, though what he uncovers is a reality that's often disturbing. Ep 1: An Unauthorized Investigation - A call girl lies dead on the beach, right in front of the house where Mussolini is vacationing. When the case gets solved too easily, DeLuca follows his own lead, which takes him to the highest levels of il Duce’s Fascist society. Ep 2: Carte Blanche - When a wealthy Fascist bachelor is found stabbed in his home, De Luca questions everyone involved in his life including bored socialite wives, young single groupies, the victim’s peasant maid and personal friends of Mussolini. Ep 3: Cloudy Summer - Posing as rural partisans, De Luca and his fellow policeman get caught in a checkpoint skirmish. He

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  • Actors: Alessandro Prezioni, Kasi Smutniak, Rafaella Rea
  • Directors: Antonio Frazzi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C43TWQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,213 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As witnessed by the slate of popular procedural programs on network television, we can't get enough of solving crime! I really enjoy having the opportunity to sample International programs, and the hard-edged Italian mystery series "Detective De Luca" deserves to be discovered by a larger worldwide audience. Let me tell you, I loved this four part mini-series from 2008. In a mesmerizing lead performance, Alessandro Prezioni plays Commissario Achille De Luca and he is one tough cookie. Smart, savvy and super sexy, De Luca is the quintessential hard boiled detective. He acts first and asks questions later. He doesn't have time to deal with nonsense, and his uncompromising nature makes him both irresistible and immeasurably frustrating by equal turns. Truthfully, though, this description can aptly be applied to many a detective program. What really distinguishes the four mysteries presented here is the setting. Set in the tumultuous period before, during, and after World War II (1938-48) , these episodes span a time of dramatic change in Italian history. The political unrest of this era makes a fascinating environment in which De Luca often finds himself on the wrong side of those in power. In this way, "Detective De Luca" works both as a thrilling series of mysteries and an effective and interesting period piece.

The DVD set contains 2 discs and each episode is of feature film length (about 1 hour and 45 minutes each give or take). This makes for over seven hours of programming. Hopefully I don't have to mention it since you've gotten this far, but this is in Italian with English subtitles.

The Four episodes are:
1) An Unauthorized Investigation: Set in 1938, this great introduction finds a call girl dead in front of Mussolini's vacation estate.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. tamburin on August 30, 2013
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My husband and I loved this series and hope they will make more. We love well done period pieces and we like foreign films, any language, but this one really hit home for my husband. He was born as the bombs were falling, and he and his parents and relatives went through this and the rebuilding of Italy. They fled Croatia, which was Italy, at the time, as many Italian citizens were forced to do to avoid communism and they settled in the north of Italy. I don't understand much Italian so was glad there were English subtitles. My husband's mother is 91 and agrees this is how it was in northern Italy during those times. It is a real bonus to learn about history while watching a well acted interesting mystery series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2013
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There is a lot of action in this series. It has the feel of a premium movie; with plenty of action, pretty girls, and intrigue. Many US productions have degenerated to dialogue only with no substantial filming or action; not this. Enjoyable watching but not for the lazy because you have to pay attention to keep up. I recommend Detective De Luca, the Movies (4) are in Italian with English subtitles and are well done. The action takes place during World War II and is instructive as to Italian culture, politics, and police work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon Wynne on April 14, 2014
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From Italy comes this four feature length episode series about Detective De Luca, an excellent change from English-speaking sleuths. What really sets this series apart is the time and place: Italy between the years 1938 and 1948, a time of chaos and upheaval, a time that encompassed the Second World War (1939-1945).

Beginning in 1938, we find Detective De Luca working within a Facist state, under the firm dictatorship of il Duce: Benito Mussolini. Mussolini was determined to restore Italy to the greatness of the Roman Empire, appealing to national pride much the same way Hitler appealed to a sense of national pride in Germany. Fascist Italy was allied to Hitler’s Germany at this time in history though Italy stayed out of the conflict until the fall of France in 1940. Of Mussolini’s invasion of France when they were most vulnerable, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “On this tenth day of June 1940, the hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.”

Hence, beginning in 1940, Italy fought against Great Britain and her allies in Greece and both East and North Africa.

This makes for a totally unique background for a detective series. Politics aside, Detective De Luca is a cop who won’t take no for an answer as he strives for the truth no matter how ugly things get, even if it means defying his superiors. This is a classic good guy characteristic, of course, and it works in part because the scripts are intelligent, but primarily because actor Alessandro Prezioni, with his striking good looks (dark hair and piercing blue eyes) has immense appeal. Though handsome, he is also world-weary and barely has a penny to his name. What he does have, however, is a pronounced sense of honour and integrity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By elcorvus on August 7, 2013
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Loved the period piece...great acting....excellent coverage of Italian fascism. Would like to see more Det. Deluca...hopefully some form of exoneration and promotion to "questura..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jay on August 3, 2014
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excellent directing, settings, plot and characters with superb acting. a bit 'existentialist' i.e. relative morality i.e. irony of hunting criminals while part of a criminal organization albeit perhaps a more pervasive issue such as Arjuna and Krishna in the Bhagava Gita.
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