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Gomorrah (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Matteo Garrone's GOMORRAH is a stark, shocking vision of contemporary gangsterdom, and one of cinema's most authentic depictions of organized crime. In this tour de force adaptation of undercover Italian reporter Roberto Saviano's best-selling expose of Naples' Mafia underworld (known as the Camorra), Garrone links five disparate tales in which men and children are caught up in a corrupt system that extends from the housing projects to the world of haute couture. Filmed with an exquisite detachment interrupted by bursts of violence, GOMORRAH is a shattering, socially engaged true-crime story from a major new voice in Italian cinema.

Special Features

New high-definition transfer, supervised and approved by director Matteo
"Five Stories:" a 60-minute documentary on the making of Gomorrah
New video interviews with Garrone and actor Toni Servillo
Interviews with writer Roberto Saviano and actors Gianfelice Imparato
Deleted scenes
Theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Chuck Stephens

Product Details

  • Actors: Toni Servillo, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale, Salvatore Cantalupo, Gigio Morra
  • Directors: Matteo Garrone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M36R14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gomorrah (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Gomorrah was one of the old testament cities judged and laid waste by God on the grounds of it's sin and corruption.

Scampia is a district in contemporary Naples.

At first glance, the council estate in Scampia on which the majority of Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah" takes place appears to be your usual raffish, rough-around-the-edges melting pot of low income families, wannabes, try-hards and dreamers: there's Toto, who works as a delivery boy for his mother's grocery store; Pasquale, who works as the lead tailor in a factory which creates high-end fashion designs; Roberto who, after years of unemployment has just managed to land a prestigious job with a councilor, Franco, and is in the process of learning the ropes; Ciro, who, at first glance, appears to be a kindly, middle-aged building manager who looks after the welfare of families on the estate; then there are Marco and Ciro, two bored teenagers who spend their days imitating Al Pacino in "Scarface" and getting into trouble. However, before the final percussive strains of the film's minimalist soundtrack play out over some devastatingly well-placed captions which detail the current reach of contemporary organised crime, the comparisons between the corrupt old testament city-state and the contemporary housing estate will have been made explicit in the most visceral way possible and the viewer will observe just how corruption and criminality insinuates its way into virtually every level of Neapolitan society (as well as every one of the previously mentioned characters' lives).

The lexicon of modern cinema has inculcated contemporary audiences with a fascination of all things Mafiosi (or "Camorra" as the Neapolitan organisation is known).
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Think of this movie as an Neapolitan version of "Slumdog Millionaire," but without the charm, happiness or stubborn sense of hope. The movie's 5 interweaving stories are sometimes hard to follow, but they involve down-and-out city dwellers trying to live an a world infested by Camorra gangs, drugs, murder, sectarian infighting and unrelieved violence. The inhabitants live in a bombed-out cement building - -a parking-garage-like edifice built to withstand explosions, but bereft of any charm. The film has wonderful original characters and some stunning imaginary. While thugs chase a fugitive on one level of concrete walkways, a wedding procession takes place on a walkway below them. The title is a play on the name of the Camorra gang, hinting broadly at the relationship with Gomorrah, biblical Sodom's evil-twin sister city, a place so full of vice and lawlessness that only complete destruction was sufficient to deal with it.

Masterfully shot, splendidly written and well acted, "Gomorra" is not a film to watch when you're trying to pull out of a tough week at work.
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I read Roberto Saviano's nonfiction expose on the Cammora crime syndicate and the Naples crime scene in general. Hearing about that a movie was being adapted I was interested to see how the film would take a very dense nonfiction work and turn it into film. Hence Gomorrah released by IFC- which thankfully started VOD distribution which is how I saw the film. The film as it is, is an unflinching portrayl of crime, like Gillo Pontecorvo's seminal Battle of Algiers or City of God shot on location, mixing actors and non-actors ( or in the case of some actors actual Camorra associates). It is not romantic or action packed. It is however good at mixing the facts of Saviano's book into largely fictionalized plotlines as it follows five stories from Don Ciro, a bagman who delivers money to family members of jailed criminals, to Franco a ruthless businessman who does whatever it takes to aquire land for companies to dump toxic waste. Outside of those theres Pasquale working at crafting counterfit clothes, one of the biggest jobs near the port of Naples. And then theres the story of youths Toto who's been initiated into a gang and Marco and Ciro, two wannabe gangsters who wave guns around angering actual gangsters. The story of the two kids was one of the more lasting stories of Saviano's book and smartly ends the film.
Like I said the major accomplisment of the movie is taking the facts of the book and portraying them onto film. The movie as it is isn't for those weened on Scarface or The Wire. Its more an uncompromising, realistic, depiction of crime and the effect it has on people. The actors are naturalistic and good with the standout being Toni Servilo as Franco. Mostly though the filmmakers and writers are the reason the movie works making an unromanticized crime film.
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A stark ultra realistic film about the organised crime operations of the Naopolitan "Mafia", called The Camorra. Do not expect "The Sopranos" or "Goodfellas" in style, no slick lines or flashy clothes. This film is almost documentary style, showing the slow dail grind and grim reality of the struggle to get paid. A must see for fans of mob films, with superb cinematography.
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Gomorrah is an unforgettable film. Its theme is certainly the Camorra, the powerful criminal organization, but what makes this film so memorable, such an unforgettable experience is its artistic value, the power of every single scene. For Matteo Garrone, a former director of photography, every scene is a painting in motion. Unforgettable close-ups, upsetting and disturbing, this is a unique film.
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