- Attori: Alessandro Preziosi, Rolando Ravello, Stefano Pesce, Corrado Fortuna, Angelica Leo
- Regista: Antonio Frazzi, Francesco Bruni, Carlo Lucarelli, Andrea Frazzi
- Formato: DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL
- Audio: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Lingua: Italiano
- Sottotitoli: Italiano, Inglese
- Regione: Regione 2 (Ulteriori informazioni su Formati DVD.)
- Formato immagine: 4:3
- Numero di dischi: 4
- Studio: TERMINAL VIDEO ITALIA SRL
- Data versione DVD: 7 dic. 2010
- Durata: 415 minuti
- Media recensioni: 4.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- ASIN: B0048KQPE8
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 41.988 in Film e TV (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Film e TV)
Il commissario De Luca
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Tratti da altrettanti romanzi di Carlo Lucarelli, questi quattro film per la tv diretti da Antonio Frazzi hanno come protagonista 'Il commissario De Luca', interpretato da Alessandro Preziosi. Ambientati tra Bologna e la riviera adriatica tra il 1938 e il 1948, oltre ad essere delle appassionanti storie poliziesche, costituiscono, per l'esemplare ricostruzione storica, un efficacissimo e spietato ritratto di un'Italia destinata a cambiare nel giro di una decina d'anni. In questo contesto De Luca è un personaggio scomodo, troppo bravo e troppo 'pulito'. Scomodo durante il fascismo e scomodo dopo. Il suo carattere solitario e un po' scontroso non lo aiuta, come non lo aiuta il fatto che piacendo alle donne qualcuna a volte lo trascini nei guai. Questa raccolta comprende 4 DVD. Disco 1: "Indagine non autorizzata" + Disco 2: "Carta bianca" + Disco 3: "Estate torbida" + Disco 4: "Via delle oche"... VD
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The DVD set contains 2 discs and each episode is of feature film length (about 1 hour and 45 minutes each give or take). This makes for over seven hours of programming. Hopefully I don't have to mention it since you've gotten this far, but this is in Italian with English subtitles.
The Four episodes are:
1) An Unauthorized Investigation: Set in 1938, this great introduction finds a call girl dead in front of Mussolini's vacation estate. A quick response is required due to the sensitive nature, but De Luca's investigation leads to places that some in power would rather leave unexplored.
2) Carte Blanche: In 1945, De Luca is tasked to investigate the stabbing of a wealthy bachelor under the scrutiny of the government's Fascist regime. Will he find an acceptable suspect or will he, once again, be on his own against the oppressive political powers that be?
3) Cloudy Summer: Also in 1945, the Allies are on their way causing the police force (including De Luca) to flee into the countryside posing as partisans. While under this guise, a local policeman asks for assistance when a beloved villager is found murdered.
4) Via delle Oche: Set in 1948, De Luca has been transferred to post-war Bologna. He is put in the unsavory red light district. But De Luca can't avoid trouble! His first murder investigation points to local bigwigs and De Luca pursues the truth even as the city struggles to rebuild.
I really think that the series gets off to an amazingly strong start with An Unauthorized Investigation. It expertly sets up the tone and the mood for all that follows. And in the four episodes, we see the evolution of Italy during this difficult transitional period. I loved this element. And I loved Prezioni's performance. He is absolutely spellbinding as a lone wolf looking for truth at any cost. The mysteries are solid and the dramatic confrontations are memorable. An easy recommendation, give this a try if it sounds like your cup of tea (or should I say espresso?). KGHarris, 5/13.
Beginning in 1938, we find Detective De Luca working within a Facist state, under the firm dictatorship of il Duce: Benito Mussolini. Mussolini was determined to restore Italy to the greatness of the Roman Empire, appealing to national pride much the same way Hitler appealed to a sense of national pride in Germany. Fascist Italy was allied to Hitler’s Germany at this time in history though Italy stayed out of the conflict until the fall of France in 1940. Of Mussolini’s invasion of France when they were most vulnerable, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “On this tenth day of June 1940, the hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.”
Hence, beginning in 1940, Italy fought against Great Britain and her allies in Greece and both East and North Africa.
This makes for a totally unique background for a detective series. Politics aside, Detective De Luca is a cop who won’t take no for an answer as he strives for the truth no matter how ugly things get, even if it means defying his superiors. This is a classic good guy characteristic, of course, and it works in part because the scripts are intelligent, but primarily because actor Alessandro Prezioni, with his striking good looks (dark hair and piercing blue eyes) has immense appeal. Though handsome, he is also world-weary and barely has a penny to his name. What he does have, however, is a pronounced sense of honour and integrity. Audiences will root for that every time, no matter what language the hero speaks.
By the time of the second episode, set in April 1945, De Luca is something of a celebrity in parts of Italy. Apparently he was in the right place at the right time and saved Mussolini’s life on one occasion. He is welcomed in Bologna as a hero. It should be noted that by 1945, Italy was a country divided by civil war. Mussolini was a charismatic leader but not a good military strategist and even by1943, Italy’s dreams of Roman restoration were completely shattered, with Mussolini arrested by order of Italy’s King Victor Emmanuel III.
The Germans rescued Mussolini and installed him in northern Italy, as leader of a puppet state, supported by Nazi occupation. Bologna is located is located in the north and was generally still sympathetic to Mussolini at the time of this episode, but fighting was always near at hand, and when the Germans pulled out, things became even more chaotic. It is around this period that episode two is situated. The burning question amid all the crime solving becomes, “is De Luca really a Fascist?”
Episode three is set two months later, around the time of Mussolini’s execution. Arguably the best of the four films, “Cloudy Summer” finds De Luca in the middle of a partisan mystery, where his fame as the man who saved Mussolini on one occasion is a death sentence. Set away from the city, this episode has a pastoral feel, with a goat playing a prominent role in the proceedings.
Finally we are back in Bologna. It is now 1948 and De Luca says it best when he says “I am neither Fascist or partisan: I’m a cop. I’m loyal to whoever allows me to do my job.” Thus, ever the man on the outside, De Luca is inevitably facing pressure from within the ranks as well as the pressure to solve the crime. While his future as a policeman is up in the air it is possible he has finally found lasting love.
DETECTIVE DE LUCA is an excellent police show with the added interest of its politically-charged setting, about which most people in North America will have limited knowledge.