Suburra: Blood on Rome

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Suburra: Blood on Rome
Suburra TV title.png
ItalianSuburra - La serie
GenreCrime drama
Romance
Based on
Developed by
  • Daniele Cesarano
  • Barbara Petronio
Starring
Composer(s)Scott Morgan
Country of originItaly
Original language(s)Italian
Sinti
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Matteo De Laurentiis
  • Erik Barmack
  • Kelly Luegenbiehl
  • Jennifer Breslow
Producer(s)
  • Giovanni Stabilini
  • Marco Chimenz
  • Riccardo Tozzi
  • Gina Gardini
  • Sara Polese
  • Filippo Rizzello
Production location(s)Rome, Italy
CinematographyArnaldo Catinari
Editor(s)
  • Patrizio Marone
  • Lorenzo Peluso
Running time42–62 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseOctober 6, 2017 (2017-10-06) –
present (present)
Chronology
Followed bySuburra

Suburra: Blood on Rome (Italian: Suburra - La serie) is an Italian crime drama web television series set in Rome and a prequel to the 2015 film Suburra, in turn inspired by the novel of the same name by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini. The series was developed by Daniele Cesarano and Barbara Petronio for Netflix, making it its first Italian-language original television series.[1][2] It is produced by Cattleya in association with Rai Fiction and Bartleby Film.

Suburra draws from the real life events of the Mafia Capitale investigation and focuses on power clashes and corruption among organized crime, politicians and churchmen.[3][4] The series revolves around Aureliano Adami (Alessandro Borghi), an Ostia-based gang member, and his relations with Alberto "Spadino" Anacleti (Giacomo Ferrara), a Sinti gang member, and Gabriele "Lele" Marchilli (Eduardo Valdarnini), the only son of a policeman who becomes involved in crime. Samurai (Francesco Acquaroli), an antagonist to the Adamis, is the head of Roman organized crime and contact for the Sicilian Mafia in Rome; he approaches politician Amedeo Cinaglia (Filippo Nigro) to aid in his Ostia affairs. Sara Monaschi (Claudia Gerini) is a Vatican financial auditor for lands in Ostia.

The world premiere of the series was on 1 September 2017 at the 74th Venice Film Festival, where the first two episodes were screened as part of the Il Cinema nel Giardino section.[5][6] All episodes of the first season premiered worldwide on 6 October 2017.[7] The series was also set to air on the Italian television network Rai 2 in 2018,[7] but its premiere was postponed to 15 February 2019.[8] On 30 January 2018, the series was renewed for a second season,[9] whose production began on 3 April 2018[10] and ended on 8 August 2018.[11] The 8-episode second season was released on 22 February 2019.[12] On 2 April 2019, Netflix announced the renewal for a third season, expected for 2020.[13] On 4 December 2019, Netflix announced that the third season will be its last.[14]

Cast and characters[edit]

Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Nigro and Claudia Gerini (left to right) portray Aureliano Adami, Amedeo Cinaglia and Sara Monaschi, respectively.

Main[edit]

  • Alessandro Borghi as Aureliano Adami, an Ostia-based gang member
  • Giacomo Ferrara as Alberto "Spadino" Anacleti, a Sinti gang member and closeted homosexual
  • Eduardo Valdarnini as Gabriele "Lele" Marchilli (seasons 1–2), the only son of a policeman who becomes involved in crime due to a debt with Samurai; he later joins the police-force himself.
  • Francesco Acquaroli as "Samurai", the head of organized crime in Rome and contact for the Sicilian Mafia; he is also a former militant neo-fascist terrorist.
  • Filippo Nigro as Amedeo Cinaglia, a politician approached by Samurai
  • Claudia Gerini as Sara Monaschi, a financial auditor working for the Roman Curia
  • Adamo Dionisi as Manfredi Anacleti, a Sinti crime gang leader and Spadino's older brother
  • Barbara Chichiarelli as Livia Adami (seasons 1–2), Aureliano's sister
  • Federico Tocci as Tullio Adami (season 1, guest season 2), Aureliano's father
  • Gerasimos Skiadaresis as Monsignor Theodosiou (season 1), a pious yet sinful monsignor
  • Elisabetta De Palo as Countess Sveva Della Rocca Croce (seasons 1–2), a powerful aristocrat
  • Carlotta Antonelli as Angelica Sale, Spadino's wife
  • Renato Marchetti as Franco Marchilli (seasons 1–2),[a] a policeman and Lele's father
  • Paola Sotgiu as Adelaide Anacleti, Manfredi and Spadino's mother
  • Augusto Zucchi as Cardinal Cosimo Giunti (seasons 1–2), a member of the Vatican commission
  • Stefano Santospago as Sandro Monaschi (seasons 1–2),[b] Sara's husband
  • Lucia Mascino as Gabriella, a member of parliament and Amedeo's ex-wife
  • Lorena Cesarini as Isabelle Mbamba (season 1), a prostitute and Aureliano's love interest
  • Diego Ribon as Stefano Forsini (seasons 1–2),[c] a member of parliament and Gabriella's new husband
  • Pietro Ragusa as Gianni Taccon (season 1), a new member of Amedeo's municipal commission
  • Jacopo Venturiero as Adriano Latelli (season 2), a clandestine neo-fascist radio host
  • Rosa Diletta Rossi as Alice (season 2, recurring season 1), Amedeo's second wife
  • Federica Sabatini as Nadia Gravoni (season 2), the daughter of a small boss of Ostia who establishes a personal and business relationship with Aureliano
  • Cristina Pelliccia as Cristiana Massoli (season 2), a policewoman and Lele's colleague
  • Alessandro Bernardini as Saverio Guerri "Boiardo" (season 2, recurring season 1), Samurai's right-hand man
  • Stefano Fabrizi as Romolo Lucci (season 2, recurring season 1), a soldier of the Adamis
  • Alessandro Proietti as Alex (season 2), an Anacleti family member, loyal to Adelaide
  • Alberto Cracco as Cardinal Fiorenzo Nascari (season 2)
  • Fiorenza Tessari as Mara Guagli (season 2, recurring season 1), a policewoman and Lele's father's love interest

Recurring[edit]

  • Emmanuele Aita as Ferdinando Badali, a member of the Sicilian Mafia
  • Pietro Biondi as Cardinal Pascagni (recurring season 1, guest season 2)
  • Alessio De Persio as Vincenzo Sale, a Sinti boss and Angelica's father
  • Daniele Amendola as Aldo (season 1), one of Manfredi's soldiers
  • Maurizio Bianucci as Aristide Gramini (season 1), a municipal councillor
  • Andrea Cavatorta as Serri (season 1), a municipal councillor
  • Paolo Gattini as Gianni (season 1)
  • Daniele Locci as Boris (season 1), Manfredi and Alberto's cousin
  • Alessandro Rossi as Giacomo Finucci (season 1), a corrupt member of Amedeo's municipal commission
  • Mario Sgueglia as Ezio Quirino (season 1), an accountant to the Adami family and Livia's love interest
  • Valentino Campitelli as Magnaccia (season 1), a pimp
  • Aleph Viola as Teo (season 2), Spadino's secret lover
  • Gabriele Rizzoli as young Aureliano Adami (season 2)
  • Gianluca Gobbi as Enrico Barsacci (season 2)
  • Antonio Bannò as Flavio Lucci (season 2), Romolo's son

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
1106 October 2017 (2017-10-06)
2822 February 2019 (2019-02-22)

Reception[edit]

Season 1 received a 100% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 8.0/10.[15] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called the series a "brash and brutal Italian crime thriller".[16] Hanh Nguyen of IndieWire called it "Netflix's Italian Answer to Narcos", and praised the series for its soundtrack and filming.[17]

Suburra: Blood on Rome is noted for being the first Italian television series to feature a Sinti mobster character that is gay (Spadino Anacleti).[18][19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marchetti only appears in one episode of season two, although credited as a main cast member.
  2. ^ Santospago only appears in one episode of season two, although credited as a main cast member.
  3. ^ Ribon only appears in one episode of season two, although credited as a main cast member.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sul set di Suburra, la prima serie Netflix italiana - Wired". Wired (in Italian). 2017-06-27. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  2. ^ Malara, Marilyn (October 5, 2015). "Netflix to produce Italian-language series 'Suburra'". UPI. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Placido: "Suburra senza censure su mafia capitale"". LaStampa.it (in Italian).
  4. ^ "L'anteprima di "Suburra", Netflix racconta al mondo la Roma di Mafia Capitale". LaStampa.it (in Italian).
  5. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (2017-07-27). "Venice Film Festival Sets Lido Launch For Aronofsky, Clooney, Del Toro, Payne & More As Awards Buzz Begins – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ "Festival di Venezia 2017/ Film in concorso e ospiti: il giorno di Suburra". Il Sussidiario (in Italian). 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  7. ^ a b "Suburra, la nuova serie tv arriva il 6 ottobre - Wired". Wired (in Italian). 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  8. ^ Scalise, Piera (February 15, 2019). "Cast e personaggi di Suburra La Serie su Rai2 dal 15 febbraio: Alessandro Borghi è di nuovo Aureliano". OptiMagazine (in Italian). Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  9. ^ "Suburra, stagione 2: Netflix svela teaser trailer, prima foto ufficiale e cast della serie". Il Cineocchio (in Italian). 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  10. ^ Novarese, Simone (2018-04-03). "Suburra – La serie: partite oggi le riprese della seconda stagione". BadTV (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  11. ^ Valdarnini, Eduardo (2018-08-08). "Una foto all'inizio, un'altra alla fine... e quello che succede nel mezzo lo vedrete presto! Buone vacanze a tutti 🌞🎬🌞 @suburranetflix @netflixit #suburralaserie #netflix #netflixitalia". Instagram (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  12. ^ Iemmino Pellegrino, Maria (February 18, 2019). "Suburra 2: trama, cast e quando inizia la seconda stagione Netflix". Termometro Politico (in Italian). Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  13. ^ "Suburra: Blood on Rome Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix, Releasing in 2020". What's on Netflix. April 3, 2019.
  14. ^ Italia, Netflix (2019-12-04). "Sul trono di Roma c'è posto per un solo re. #Suburra 3, la stagione finale. Prossimamente.pic.twitter.com/y4zNTRMT4J". @NetflixIT (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  15. ^ "Suburra: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. 2017.
  16. ^ "Suburra review – brash and brutal Italian crime thriller". thesuardian.com. 23 June 2016.
  17. ^ "'Suburra' Review: Netflix's Italian Answer to 'Narcos' Is a Stylish Mix of Violence, the Vatican, and at Least One Orgy". indiewire.com. 6 October 2017.
  18. ^ Boni, Federico (15 October 2017). "Suburra, la prima serie italiana Netflix con criminale gay". Gay.it. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Suburra, the first Italian Netflix series with gay criminal
  19. ^ Fumarola, Silvia (5 October 2017). "Gioventù bruciata". la Repubblica. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Wasted Youth

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