Detective Montalbano: Episodes 1-3
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The subtitle pace annoyed me initially too until I realized it matched the actual speech patterns. Then I chuckled. Besides, with DVDs what we miss, we can always go back and pick up with the rewind.
I've spent the last year turning some friends on to Camilleri's works because they're just well written and enjoyable so now I'll champion this DVD series for the same reasons. These are anything but the same old plots or whudunnit mysteries.Buy the books and buy the DVD collection. This is Italian (Sicilian) gold and friends, it shines!
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In this case, the drama is set in the fictional Vigata, a quaint old stone-built town spreading over a hilly Sicilian coastline bathed in perpetual sunshine. Detective Montalbano occupies an elegant flat overlooking the Mediterranean where he can relax swimming at the end of each stressful episode.
We are introduced to a slow-paced (apart from the crimes, that is) way of life revolving round food - a man will put the enjoyment of a good meal before rushing to greet his lover - and the extended family, where relatives and workers gather on a sunny terrace to consume plentiful meals together.
Smartly turned out and astute, Montalbano somehow commands the respect of his staff despite the kind of volcanic outbursts which would have him sent on an anger management course in Britain. Like most detectives, he is on shaky terms with more senior officials, perhaps in part owing to his tendency to break the rules, but survives in his post, probably because he always seems to solve the crime in hand, usually through his ability to make deductions from very slim evidence.
The denouement is often unpredictable, partly because the very complicated plot tends to have a few twists which are hard to follow - and to be honest at times implausible. It's quite fast-moving, so with the sub-titles as an added constraint you have to concentrate.
Overall, it's worth watching as the characters are well-developed, the dialogue is amusing, the cases have intriguing aspects, and all does not end happily in every respect - there is a gritty undercurrent, say in the suffering of Tunisian immigrants in "The Snack Thief" or the continual hints at bribery and corruption amongst higher ranking officials, making the "honest" Montalbano a rarity.
Freaking EVERYTHING about this entire series is wonderful. Entertaining and
fun. One of the best purchases I have made this year.
I have ALL of the entire collection of this series and there has not been one moment that
has disapointed. The most satisfying TV series that I have seen in a very long time. Wwhich does not mean that others are poor, just
that Montalbano is superior in every manner.
Five Star? Make it Ten.
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I am Italian, and miss hearing the language, I love how he figures things out.. I love how he vulnerable he can still be with tragedy and the ugliness of the crimes he solves.Published 18 days ago by mdcanna
Love this series. The actor is perfect for this role, and Sicily comes alive. It's the Sicily I know and remember. As well, the supporting actors are delightful.Published 23 days ago by Loves to laugh
These are excellent realizations of the highly entertaining mystery novels by Andrea Camilleri featuring Inspector Montalbano. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karen
I started reading all the Detective Montalbano books, then decided to watch the Itslian series. Great adaptations, with English subtitledPublished 3 months ago by Michael R. Larsen
I enjoy these programs though I need to be able to read the subtitles a bit faster at times. I prefer the actors who play the same characters in "The Young Montalbano"... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Micki