Suburra: Blood on Rome

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Suburra: Blood on Rome
Suburra TV title.png
Suburra - 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 the first Italian-language original television series produced by the company.[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 world premiere of the series was on September 1, 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 October 6, 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 February 15, 2019.[8]

On January 30, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season,[9] whose production began on April 3, 2018[10] and ended on August 8, 2018.[11] The 8-episode second season was released on February 22, 2019.[12] On April 2, 2019, Netflix announced the renewal for a third season, expected for 2020.[13]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Alessandro Borghi as Aureliano Adami, Italian Ostia-based gang member
  • Giacomo Ferrara as Alberto "Spadino" Anacleti, a homosexual Sinti gang member
  • Eduardo Valdarnini as Gabriele "Lele" Marchilli, a lone pusher
  • Francesco Acquaroli as "Samurai", main leader of Roman organized crime and former neo-fascist militant terrorist
  • Filippo Nigro as Amedeo Cinaglia, a politician
  • Claudia Gerini as Sara Monaschi, a Vatican financial auditor
  • Adamo Dionisi as Manfredi Anacleti, a Sinti crime gang leader and Spadino's older brother
  • Barbara Chichiarelli as Livia Adami, Aureliano's sister
  • Federico Tocci as Tullio Adami, Aureliano's father (main season 1, guest season 2)
  • Gerasimos Skiadaresis as Monsignor Theodosiou, a pious but also sinful Vatican monsignor (season 1)
  • Elisabetta De Palo as Contessa, a powerful aristocrat
  • Carlotta Antonelli as Angelica Sale, Spadino's wife
  • Renato Marchetti as Franco Marchilli, a policeman and Lele's father (main season 1, featured season 2)
  • Paola Sotgiu as Adelaide Anacleti, Manfredi and Spadino's mother
  • Augusto Zucchi as Cardinal Cosimo Giunti, member of the Vatican commission
  • Stefano Santospago as Sandro Monaschi, Sara's husband (main season 1, featured season 2)
  • Lucia Mascino as Gabriella, member of parliament and Amedeo's ex-wife
  • Lorena Cesarini as Isabelle Mbamba, a prostitute and Aureliano's love interest (season 1)
  • Diego Ribon as Stefano Forsini, member of parliament and Gabriella's new husband (main season 1, featured season 2)
  • Pietro Ragusa as Gianni Taccon, a new member of Amedeo's municipal commission (season 1)
  • Jacopo Venturiero as Adriano Latelli, a clandestinely neo-fascist radio host (season 2)
  • Rosa Diletta Rossi as Alice, Amedeo's second wife (recurring season 1, main season 2)
  • Federica Sabatini as Nadia Gravoni (season 2)
  • Cristina Pelliccia as Cristiana Massoli, a policewoman (season 2)
  • Alessandro Bernardini as Guerri "Boiardo", Samurai's right-hand man (recurring season 1, main season 2)
  • Stefano Fabrizi as Romolo, a soldier of the Adamis (recurring season 1, main season 2)
  • Alessandro Proietti as Alex (season 2)
  • Alberto Cracco as Cardinal Fiorenzo Nascari (season 2)
  • Fiorenza Tessari as Mara, a policewoman (recurring season 1, featured season 2)

Recurring[edit]

  • Emmanuele Aita as Ferdinando Badali, a member of the Cosa Nostra
  • Pietro Biondi as Cardinal Pascagni (recurring season 1, guest season 2)
  • Alessio De Persio as Vincenzo Sale, a Sinti boss and Angelica's father

Season 1[edit]

  • Daniele Amendola as Aldo, one of Manfredi's soldiers
  • Maurizio Bianucci as Aristide Gramini, a municipal councillor
  • Andrea Cavatorta as Serri, a municipal councillor
  • Paolo Gattini as Gianni
  • Daniele Locci as Boris, Manfredi and Alberto's cousin
  • Alessandro Rossi as Giacomo Finucci, a corrupted member of Amedeo's municipal commission
  • Mario Sgueglia as Ezio Quirino, accountant to the Adami family and Livia's love interest
  • Valentino Campitelli as Magnaccia, a pimp

Season 2[edit]

  • Aleph Viola as Teo
  • Gabriele Rizzoli as Aureliano Adami (child)
  • Gianluca Gobbi as Enrico Barsacci
  • Antonio Bannò as Flavio Lucci

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
28February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleEnglish titleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"21 giorni"
"21 Days"
Michele PlacidoStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Daniele Cesarano & Barbara Petronio
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
February 2008. The Mayor of Rome has resigned and crime boss Samurai has 21 days to force the Municipal Building Commission, led by Amedeo Cinaglia, to deed a beachfront land in Ostia buildable. Interested in building a port with criminal business partners from the south of Italy, he must also persuade the Vatican and the Adami family to sell the property to him. Financial audit Sara Monaschi tries to convince Monsignor Theodosiou, the head of the Vatican commission in charge of selling, to offer the property to her husband, in exchange for a sex party organized by Lele Marchilli, a young drug dealer who has just been asked to bring €20,000 to Samurai for having passed off in his territory. Aureliano Adami kills Sinti mobster Boris, annoyed at his father's decision to sell his land to Samurai and at the latter's request for peace between the Adamis and the Sinti Anacleti family. Spadino Anacleti, a closeted homosexual, is forced by his family to meet Angelica, his betrothed. Lele asks Aureliano to bring cocaine to Theodosiou's sex party, but he ends up calling Spadino as well, as Aureliano is disposing of Boris's corpse. The three young men eventually meet at the party, where they find Theodosiou and decide to blackmail him with a sex tape recorded that night.
22"Patrizi e plebei"
"Plebes and Patricians"
Michele PlacidoStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Daniele Cesarano & Barbara Petronio
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
33"Cani arrabbiati"
"Rabid Dogs"
Andrea MolaioliStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Fabrizio Bettelli
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
44"Buon appetito"
"Enjoy Your Meal"
Andrea MolaioliStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Barbara Petronio & Nicola Guaglianone
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
55"La lupa"
"She Wolf"
Andrea MolaioliStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Ezio Abbate
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
66"Ajo, oio e peperoncino"
"Garlic, Oil, and Chili Pepper"
Andrea MolaioliStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Daniele Cesarano & Nicola Guaglianone
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
77"Ultimo cliente"
"Last Customer"
Giuseppe CapotondiStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Fabrizio Bettelli
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
88"Un altro"
"A New Man"
Giuseppe CapotondiStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Ezio Abbate
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
99"Il buio"
"Pitch Black"
Giuseppe CapotondiStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Barbara Petronio
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
1010"Chiamalo dormire"
"Call It Sleep"
Giuseppe CapotondiStory by: Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate,
Fabrizio Bettelli, Nicola Guaglianone
Teleplay by: Daniele Cesarano
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleEnglish titleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Trovatela"
"Find Her"
Andrea MolaioliStory by: Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, Fabrizio Bettelli
Teleplay by: Barbara Petronio
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
122"Conseguenze"
"Consequences"
Andrea MolaioliBarbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, Fabrizio BettelliFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
133"Più vicino"
"Closer"
Andrea MolaioliStory by: Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, Fabrizio Bettelli
Teleplay by: Fabrizio Bettelli
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
144"A testa in giù"
"Upside Down"
Piero MessinaStory by: Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, Fabrizio Bettelli
Teleplay by: Ezio Abbate
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
155"La culla"
"The Crib"
Piero MessinaStory by: Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, Fabrizio Bettelli
Teleplay by: Fabrizio Bettelli
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
166"È guerra"
"It's War"
Piero MessinaStory by: Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, Fabrizio Bettelli
Teleplay by: Ezio Abbate
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
177"Santi Pietro e Paolo"
"Saints Peter and Paul"
Andrea MolaioliStory by: Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, Fabrizio Bettelli
Teleplay by: Barbara Petronio & Camilla Buizza
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
188"Dimmi la verità"
"Tell Me the Truth"
Andrea MolaioliStory by: Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, Fabrizio Bettelli
Teleplay by: Barbara Petronio
February 22, 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.[14]

Suburra: Blood on Rome is noted for being the first Italian television series to feature a Sinti mobster character that is gay (Spadino Anacleti).[15][16]

References[edit]

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  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.
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  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. ^ "Suburra: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. 2017.
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ Fumarola, Silvia (5 October 2017). "Gioventù bruciata". la Repubblica. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Wasted Youth

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