My Brilliant Friend (miniseries)

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My Brilliant Friend
My Brilliant Friend title card.png
GenreDrama
Created bySaverio Costanzo
Based onMy Brilliant Friend
by Elena Ferrante
Written by
Directed bySaverio Costanzo
Starring
  • Elisa Del Genio
  • Ludovica Nasti
  • Gaia Girace
  • Margherita Mazzucco
  • Anna Rita Vitolo
  • Luca Gallone
  • Imma Villa
  • Antonio Milo
  • Alessio Gallo
  • Valentina Acca
  • Antonio Buonanno
  • Dora Romano
Narrated byAlba Rohrwacher
Composer(s)Max Richter
Country of origin
  • Italy
  • United States
Original language(s)Neapolitan
Italian
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Francesco Nardella
  • Luigi Marinello
  • Sara Polese
  • Laura Paolucci
Production location(s)
CinematographyFabio Cianchetti
Editor(s)Francesca Calvelli
Camera setupLuigi Andrei
Running time53–64 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Original releaseNovember 18 (2018-11-18) – December 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)
External links
Website

My Brilliant Friend (Italian: L'amica geniale) is an Italian-American drama television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante. It is the first of four novels in the Neapolitan Novels series to be adapted for television.[1] An eight-episode miniseries, My Brilliant Friend is a co-production between American premium cable network HBO and Italian networks RAI and TIMvision.[2] It premiered on HBO on November 18, 2018.[2][3]

A follow-up miniseries, based on Ferrante's second Neapolitan Novel, "The Story of a New Name", was confirmed in December 2018.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Gaia Girace as Raffaella "Lila" Cerullo[5]
    • Ludovica Nasti as young Raffaella "Lila" Cerullo[5]
  • Margherita Mazzucco as Elena "Lenù" Greco[5]
    • Elisa Del Genio as young Elena "Lenù" Greco[5]
  • Anna Rita Vitolo as Immacolata Greco, Elena's mother
  • Luca Gallone as Vittorio Greco, an usher and Elena's father
  • Imma Villa as Manuela Solara, Silvio's wife
  • Antonio Milo as Silvio Solara, owner of the Bar Solara and Manuela's husband
  • Alessio Gallo as Michele Solara, Silvio and Manuela's son
  • Valentina Acca as Nunzia Cerullo, Lila's mother
  • Antonio Buonanno as Fernando Cerullo, a shoemaker and Lila's father
  • Dora Romano as Miss Oliviero, Elena and Lila's elementary school teacher

Featured[edit]

  • Antonio Pennarella as Don Achille Carracci, the local mobster
  • Nunzia Schiano as Nella Incardo, Miss Oliviero's cousin

Supporting[edit]

The Cerullos
  • Gennaro De Stefano as Rino Cerullo, Lila's older brother
    • Tommaso Rusciano as young Rino Cerullo
The Grecos
  • Alba Rohrwacher as Elena Greco (voice-over)
    • Elisabetta De Palo as elderly Elena Greco
    • Ingrid Del Genio as child Elena Greco
  • Matteo Castaldo as Peppe Greco, Elena's younger brother
    • Emanuele Nocerino as young Peppe Greco
  • Raffaele Nocerino as Gianni Greco, Elena's younger brother
    • Thomas Noioso as young Gianni Greco
  • Cristina Fraticola as Elisa Greco, Elena's younger sister
    • Sara Mauriello as young Elisa Greco
The Carraccis
  • Sarah Falanga as Maria Carracci, Don Achille's wife
  • Giovanni Amura as Stefano Carracci, Don Achille's son
    • Kristijan Di Giacomo as young Stefano Carracci
  • Federica Sollazzo as Pinuccia Carracci, Don Achille's daughter
    • Giuliana Tramontano as young Pinuccia Carracci
  • Fabrizio Cottone as Alfonso Carracci, Don Achille's son
    • Valerio Laviano Saggese as young Alfonso Carracci
The Pelusos
  • Gennaro Canonico as Alfredo Peluso, a highly skilled carpenter
  • Lia Zinno as Giuseppina Peluso, Alfredo's wife
  • Eduardo Scarpetta as Pasquale Peluso, Alfredo and Giuseppina's elder son
    • Francesco Catena as young Pasquale Peluso
  • Francesca Pezzella as Carmela Peluso, Alfredo and Giuseppina's daughter
    • Francesca Bellamoli as young Carmela Peluso
The Cappuccios
  • Pina Di Gennaro as Melina Cappuccio, a crazy widow
  • Ulrike Migliaresi as Ada Cappuccio, Melina's daughter
    • Lucia Manfuso as young Ada Cappuccio
  • Christian Giroso as Antonio Cappuccio, Melina's son
    • Domenico Cuomo as young Antonio Cappuccio
The Sarratores
  • Emanuele Valenti as Donato Sarratore, a train controller
  • Fabrizia Sacchi as Lidia Sarratore, Donato's wife
  • Francesco Serpico as Nino Sarratore, Donato and Lidia's elder son
    • Alessandro Nardi as young Nino Sarratore
  • Miriam D'Angelo as Marisa Sarratore, Donato and Lidia's daughter
    • Cristina Magnotti as young Marisa Sarratore
  • Catello Buonomo as Pino Sarratore, Donato and Lidia's son
    • Michele Di Costanzo as young Pino Sarratore
  • Federica Barbuto as Clelia Sarratore, Donato and Lidia's daughter
    • Federica Guarino as young Clelia Sarratore
  • Mattia Iapigio as Ciro Sarratore, Donato and Lidia's son
    • Gioele Maddi as young Ciro Sarratore
The Scannos
  • Ciro Pugliese as Nicola Scanno, a greengrocer
  • Marina Cioppa as Assunta Scanno, Nicola's wife
  • Giovanni Buselli as Enzo Scanno, Nicola and Assunta's son
    • Vincenzo Vaccaro as young Enzo Scanno
  • Giorgia Mongiello as figlia Scanno.
The Solaras
  • Elvis Esposito as Marcello Solara, Manuela and Silvio's son
    • Pietro Vuolo as young Marcello Solara
  • Adriano Tammaro as young Michele Solara, Manuela and Silvio's son
The Spagnuolos
  • Mimmo Ruggiero as Mr. Spagnuolo, pastry chef at Bar Solara
  • Patrizia Di Martino as Rosa Spagnuolo, his wife
  • Rosaria Langellotto as Gigliola Spagnuolo, their daughter
    • Alice D'Antonio as young Gigliola Spagnuolo
Others
  • Valentina Arena as Jolanda, a stationer
  • Vittorio Viviani as Mr. Ferraro, the librarian and an elementary school teacher
  • Riccardo Palmieri as Gino, Elena's classmate and first boyfriend
  • Sergio Basile as Professor Gerace, Elena's high school teacher
  • Anna Redi as Professor Galiani, Elena's high school teacher
  • Antonio Maglione as Alfonso, a friend of Vittorio Greco's

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Dolls"
"Le bambole"
Saverio CostanzoElena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio CostanzoNovember 18, 2018 (2018-11-18)0.242[6]
2"The Money"
"I soldi"
Saverio CostanzoElena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio CostanzoNovember 19, 2018 (2018-11-19)0.128[7]
3"The Metamorphoses"[a]
"Le metamorfosi"
Saverio CostanzoElena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio CostanzoNovember 25, 2018 (2018-11-25)0.244[8]
4"Dissolving Margins"[a]
"La smarginatura"
Saverio CostanzoElena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio CostanzoNovember 26, 2018 (2018-11-26)0.151[9]
5"The Shoes"
"Le scarpe"
Saverio CostanzoElena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio CostanzoDecember 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)0.291[10]
6"The Island"
"L'isola"
Saverio CostanzoElena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio CostanzoDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)0.210[11]
7"The Fiancés"
"I fidanzati"
Saverio CostanzoElena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio CostanzoDecember 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)0.318[12]
8"The Promise"
"La promessa"
Saverio CostanzoElena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio CostanzoDecember 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)0.228[13]
Notes
  1. ^ a b The titles which appear on screen after the opening sequence in the international versions of episodes 3 and 4, first broadcast on HBO, are slightly different than the ones issued in the official HBO listing and they are "Metamorphoses" and "Dissolving Boundaries", respectively.

Soundtrack[edit]

My Brilliant Friend
(TV Series Soundtrack)
Cover art depicting Elena and Lila
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
GenreSoundtrack
Length36:15
LabelDeutsche Grammophon
Max Richter chronology
Mary Queen of Scots (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(2018)
My Brilliant Friend
(TV Series Soundtrack)

(2018)
Singles from My Brilliant Friend
(TV Series Soundtrack)
  1. "Elena & Lila"
    Released: November 30, 2018

The soundtrack album for the television series was composed by Max Richter and it was released on December 7, 2018 for digital download.[14]

It was preceded by the release of the single "Elena & Lila" on November 30, 2018.

No.TitleLength
1."Elena & Lila"4:53
2."Whispers"3:41
3."Your Reflection"3:35
4."The Days Go By"2:43
5."Interior Dialogues"1:37
6."In the Dark"2:30
7."In Spite of All"2:10
8."Brilliant Clouds"1:11
9."In Remembrance of You"4:57
10."Shimmering Clouds"1:15
11."She Was Running"2:08
12."Our Reflection"5:35
Total length:36:15

Additional featured music[edit]

All music composed by Max Richter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moylan, Brian (February 9, 2016). "Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels set for TV adaptation". The Guardian. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "My Brilliant Friend Debuts Sunday, Nov. 18 on HBO". HBO. September 13, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Patterson, Troy (15 November 2018). ""My Brilliant Friend," Reviewed: A Prada Ad for Working-Class Gloom, but with Shades of Humble Tenderness". The New Yorker. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (4 December 2018). "'My Brilliant Friend' Renewed for Season 2 at HBO, RAI". Variety. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Evans, Greg (March 14, 2018). "HBO Unveils First-Look Photos Of 'My Brilliant Friend' Drama". Deadline. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 20, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.18.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 20, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.19.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 28, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.25.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 28, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.26.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 4, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.2.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 4, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.3.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 11, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.9.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 11, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.10.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "My Brilliant Friend (TV Series Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved December 8, 2018.

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