Gomorrah (TV series)

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Gomorrah
Gomorra La serie.png
Genre Crime drama
Thriller
Created by Roberto Saviano
Based on Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano
Starring
Composer(s) Mokadelic
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) Italian
Neapolitan
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 36
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Roberto Soviano
  • Paolo Carnera
  • Michele D'Attanasio
  • Ivan Casalgrandi
Producer(s)
Location(s) Naples, Italy
Cinematography
  • Paki Meduri
  • Ivan Casalgrandi
  • Valerio Azzali
Running time 43–58 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sky Vision
Release
Original network Sky Italia
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release 6 May 2014 (2014-05-06) – present
External links
Website

Gomorrah (Italian: Gomorra) is an Italian crime drama television series created and produced by Roberto Saviano. The show is based on Saviano's book of the same name.[1] It originally aired on the Sky Italia network on 6 May 2014, and has run for three seasons.[2][3]

It tells the story of Ciro di Marzio (Marco D'Amore), a member of the Savastano clan, headed by Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino), a high-ranking drug lord. Ciro aims to navigate the dangers of the criminal world, while also fighting a brutal civil war.[4] The title is a play on the Italian crime syndicate Camorra, and the show is set and filmed in Naples.

The show also features Savastano's family, which consists of his wife Immacolata (Maria Pia Calzone) and son, Gennaro (Salvatore Esposito). The show also features rival drug lord Salvatore Conte (Marco Palvetti), while introducing the characters Annalisa Magliocca (Cristina Donadio) and Giuseppe Avitabile (Gianfranco Gallo) in the show's later seasons.

Upon release, Gomorrah has gained critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, directing, and writing.[3][5] It has also become a ratings hit for Sky, regularly featuring as one of the network's most-watched cable shows.[6][7] Following the conclusion of the third season, Sky renewed the show for a fourth season, set to air in 2019.[8]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Marco D'Amore as Ciro di Marzio, a member of the Savastano clan who yearns to attain hierarchy. As his shady business progresses, Ciro gains a notorious reputation under the nickname "Immortal".
  • Fortunato Cerlino as Pietro Savastano, the head of the Savastano clan and a high-level drug distributor.
  • Maria Pia Calzone as Immacolata "Imma" Savastano, Pietro's wife, who seeks to succeed her husband.
  • Salvatore Esposito as Gennaro "Genny" Savastano, Pietro's son, who transitions from a socialite to hardened criminal.
  • Marco Palvetti as Salvatore Conte, the leader of the Conte clan, who maintains a troubled relationship with the Savastanos.
  • Cristina Donadio as Annalisa "Scaniel" Magliocca, a local drug dealer who aspires to become a female don.
  • Gianfranco Gallo as Giuseppe Avitabile, a rival clan leader based in Rome.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Fabio de Caro as Malammore, a member of the Savastano clan deeply loyal to Pietro.
  • Arturo Muselli as Enzo "Sangue Blu" Villa, the leader of the Santo clan, which he assumed from his grandfather.
  • Cristiana Dell'Anna as Patrizia Santoro, an informant to the Savastanos. She is also Malammore's niece.
  • Ivana Lotito as Azzurra Avitabile, Gennaro's wife and a member of the Avitabile clan.
  • Loris de Luna as Valerio "o Vucabulà" Misano, Enzo's right-hand man and influential member of the Santo clan.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

In Naples, the Savastano clan is commanded by the dreaded and respected Pietro Savastano. Looking to make his mark, Ciro di Marzio is tasked to burn the house of the mother of Salvatore Conte, a rival drug lord. After completing the task without hesitation, and slowly gaining the trust of Pietro, he later entrusts Ciro to ready his son Gennaro to become the future head of the clan.

Following a police check, Pietro is arrested and taken into custody; control of the clan unofficially passes into the hands of his wife, Immacolata, who deems Ciro and Gennaro unable to run the clan in Pietro's absence. Immacolata, who maintains a dislike for Ciro, orders him to travel to Spain in order to make-up with Conte and reunite the clans. She later tasks Gennaro to travel to Honduras, hoping his interactions with drug producers will fast-track his development into becoming head of the clan. Despite being able to make peace with Conte, Ciro is frozen out by Immacolata, a sentiment that is shared by Gennaro once he returns to Naples. Gennaro, becoming more detached and isolated, begins a cleanup of the clan's members, inviting more younger comrades, while engaging in actions which leads to the distrust of the old guard, including Ciro, who find him unable to handle the clan. A civil war then ensues between the two factions of the Savastano clan: the old guard who are faithful to Pietro, and the younger members who are faithful to Gennaro.

Ciro, feeling ignored and devalued by Gennaro, aligns with the old guard, seeking to change the internal equilibrium of the clan. He also solicits support from Conte, managing to obtain Conte's respect during his trip to Spain. Ciro begins by killing Immacolata; however, Gennaro quickly discovers his betrayal and, no longer knowing who to trust, enlists the members loyal to him in order to dismantle the old guard he believes to be Ciro's accomplices. Gennaro largely succeeds, killing everyone besides Ciro and Malammore, who manage to escape into hiding. Gennaro later discovers where to find Ciro, sending the members loyal to him to kill him, but they are intercepted and brutally massacred by Conte's clan. Gennaro is later shot by Ciro, while Malammore breaks Pietro out of prison.

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title English titleDirected byOriginal air date Italian viewers
(millions) 
11"Il clan dei Savastano""The Savastanos"Stefano Sollima6 May 2014 (2014-05-06)3.82
22"Ti fidi di me?""Do You Trust Me?"Stefano Sollima6 May 2014 (2014-05-06)3.34
33"L'omm 'e casa""The Mother is Home"Stefano Sollima13 May 2014 (2014-05-13)2.98
44"Sangue africano""African Blood"Stefano Sollima13 May 2014 (2014-05-13)2.69
55"Il ruggito della leonessa""The Roar of the Lioness"Francesca Comencini20 May 2014 (2014-05-20)2.59
66"Roulette spagnola""Spanish Roulette"Stefano Sollima20 May 2014 (2014-05-20)2.62
77"Imma contro tutti""Imma Against All"Francesca Comencini27 May 2014 (2014-05-27)2.90
88"La scheda bianca""The White Card"Claudio Cupellini27 May 2014 (2014-05-27)2.72
99"Gelsomina Verde""Green Jasmine"Claudio Cupellini3 June 2014 (2014-06-03)2.94
1010"Ora facciamo i Conte""Now We Get Conte"Claudio Cupellini3 June 2014 (2014-06-03)2.51
1111"100 modi per uccidere""100 Ways to Kill"Stefano Sollima10 June 2014 (2014-06-10)3.08
1212"Gli Immortali""The Immortals"Stefano Sollima10 June 2014 (2014-06-10)3.79

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

Following his escape, Pietro arrives at the realization is stay in Naples will be short-lived, and promptly flees to Cologne, leaving the clan at the hands of Malammore and the rest of the members that aided his escape. He also plots to seek vengeance to the people who ambushed Gennaro, who survives his shooting. Ciro, meanwhile, forms an alliance with Conte, at the expense of his relationship with his wife, Deborah, whom he wrongly believes to have informed the police of his wrongdoings.

A year later, Gennaro heals from his injuries and reunites with his father in Germany, where they align with the Avitables. After an arms deal goes awry, Pietro becomes wary of his power waning, and decides to return to Naples alone to resume control of the clan. Ciro and other members of Conte's clan encounter trouble with Conte, disliking his aims at creating a monopoly and gaining absolute power. They then devise a successful scheme to kill him. Pietro views this as the perfect opportunity to exact revenge, taking advantage of the disjointed clan by murdering several of them. Ciro learns of Pietro's return, and wishes to negotiate a settlement. Patrizia informs him, however, that he will only be able to negotiate with Gennaro. Wary of a potiential ambush, Ciro goes to Giuseppe, a mutual friend of him and Gennaro, to act as guarantor during their negotiations. Gennaro eventually accepts the settlement conditions set by Ciro, which infuriates Pietro. Gennaro explains killing Ciro would have caused a war without any boundaries, and wishes to focus on business.

Pietro renounces the settlement, and continues to wage war, revealing to Patrizia that he wishes to defeat his son for undermining him. He is also suspicious of Patrizia's loyalties. After violently killing another member of the clan, in which he plants evidence to make it appear as the murder was as result of in-house betrayal, in-fighting becomes rife within the clan. However, after failing to subvert another member, Ciro learns of the true murderer, and informs Gennaro. Ciro decides to murder Pietro, and ramps up his efforts after Pietro also succeeds in murdering his young daughter. Gennaro, disgusted by his father's actions, while also wishing to raise his son (who is named after his father) in a world without in-fighting or violence, agrees. Gennaro then informs Ciro on Pietro's whereabouts, who murders him.

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title English titleDirected byOriginal air date Italian viewers
(millions) 
131"Vita mia""My Life"Stefano Sollima10 May 2016 (2016-05-10)4.27
142"Lacrime e Sangue""Blood and Tears"Stefano Sollima10 May 2016 (2016-05-10)4.11
153"Mea culpa""My Fault"Stefano Sollima17 May 2016 (2016-05-17)3.58
164"Profumo di iena""Hyena Scent"Maddalena Ravagli17 May 2016 (2016-05-17)3.69
175"Occhi negli occhi""Eye to Eye"Claudio Cupellini24 May 2016 (2016-05-24)3.73
186"'O Track""'O Track"Claudio Cupellini24 May 2016 (2016-05-24)3.99
197"Il Principe e il Nano""The Prince and the Dwarf"Claudio Giovannesi31 May 2016 (2016-05-31)4.12
208"Divide et Impera""Divide and Conquer"Claudio Giovannesi31 May 2016 (2016-05-31)3.60
219"Sette Anni""Seven Years"Francesca Comencini7 June 2016 (2016-06-07)3.15
2210"Fantasmi""Ghosts"Francesca Comencini7 June 2016 (2016-06-07)3.10
2311"Nella gioia e nel dolore""In Joy and in Sorrow"Claudio Cupellini14 June 2016 (2016-06-14)4.91
2412"La fine del giorno""The End of the Day"Claudio Cupellini14 June 2016 (2016-06-14)4.79

Season 3 (2017)[edit]

Gennaro assumes full control of all drug trade in Naples. He becomes feared and respect among the underworld. However, Ciro loses the will to continue, and after killing Malammore to avenge his daughter, moves to Sofia to work for Valentin, an associate. He later finds this to be a trap set by Giuseppe, who is outraged at becoming ousted in the drug trade. Ciro murders Valentin and returns to Naples, while Guiseppe is in prison after Gennaro reveals his criminal past to the police.

Guiseppe quickly avoids jail time by agreeing to a plea deal, and is placed on house arrest instead. He then orders the systematic destruction of Gennaro and his criminal empire, robbing and killing his lieutenants, which leaves him isolated in his war against Giuseppe. Gennaro then seeks assistance from Ciro and Annalisa, who are both eager to return to power. Ciro initially aims to locate allies outside Naples, however, he meets Enzo and Valerio, members of the Santo clan, who convince him only people from the city truly wish for Guiseppe's demise. Together, they help Gennaro resume business, while Gennaro also bribes lawmakers and police officials to aid his cause.

However, Enzo begins to have reservations when many of his men begin to die, and wishes to leave. Gennaro, outraged, attempts to murder his sister by bombing the bar she works at, which begins a war between Enzo and Valerio, against Gennaro. Ciro desperately proposes an armistice, which is reluctantly accepted. Enzo's reservations are maintained, however, which forces Ciro to kill his sister, which he then blames on Guiseppe. This increases Enzo's involvement, and they successfully organize an ambush on Giuseppe.

Following this, Ciro pushes Gennaro to create peace with all their enemies. Peace is eventually accepted, and Gennaro divides the city and other land to the people who helped him win. Patrizia later kills Annalisa, which arouses Enzo's suspicions, as Patrizia vocally opposed murder during the war. He later stalks her, and learns Gennaro was involved in his sister's murder. Inviting both him and Ciro on his yacht under the pretense of celebration, Enzo reveals his intentions to kill Gennaro. Prior to shooting him, however, Ciro sacrifices himself in his place by admitting to murdering his sister, stating his desire to avoid another war, and wishing to re-join his family in heaven. Enzo then forces Gennaro to kill Ciro.

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title English titleDirected byOriginal air date Italian viewers
(millions) 
251"Viva il Re!""Long Live the King!"Claudio Cupellini17 November 2017 (2017-11-17)4.13
262"Hasta la muerte""To Death"Claudio Cupellini17 November 2017 (2017-11-17)3.82
273"Inferno""Hell"Claudio Cupellini24 November 2017 (2017-11-24)3.45
284"Il filo e la Moira""The Thread of Moira"Francesca Comencini24 November 2017 (2017-11-24)3.72
295"Sangue Blu""Blue Blood"Francesca Comencini1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)3.58
306"Come nascere""How to Be Born"Francesca Comencini1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)3.37
317"Sangue del mio sangue""Your Blood is My Blood"Claudio Cupellini8 December 2017 (2017-12-08)3.40
328"Guerra aperta""Open War"Claudio Cupellini8 December 2017 (2017-12-08)3.51
339"Giuda!""Judas!"Claudio Cupellini15 December 2017 (2017-12-15)3.75
3410"Insieme""Together"Francesca Comencini15 December 2017 (2017-12-15)3.88
3511"Fede""Faith"Francesca Comencini22 December 2017 (2017-12-22)4.11
3612"Per sempre""Forever"Francesca Comencini22 December 2017 (2017-12-22)4.53

Reception[edit]

Gomorrah is one of Sky's most-watched cable shows, and has gained critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, directing, and writing.[3] The first season holds a 96% rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews,[8] and a Metacritic rating of 76 out of 100 based on 15 reviews.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Gomorra," six other Italian films, and so much more at the Film Festival". Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lo sbarco di Gomorra sugli schermi Usa". cineuropa.org. 24 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Thomas, Kaitlin (23 August 2016). "Gomorrah Review: Why You Should Watch SundanceTV's Italian Import - Today's News: Our Take". TV Guide. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gomorra, seconda stagione: dal 10 maggio su Sky Atlantic!". skyatlantic.sky.it. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Gomorrah: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Italian Mafia Series "Gomorra" Ratings Hit for Sky Italia". www.betafilm.com. Beta Film. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Vivarelli, Nick. "TWC closes deal for U.S. rights to Italy's "Gomorra" Skein". www.variety.com. Variety. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Gomorrah: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 

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