Sunday, February 08, 2009

NYT story on "Gomorra" director

The film adaptation of the Italian book "Gomorra," which I've written about here, finally comes out in New York and Los Angeles this week. When the film will come to Atlanta, non lo so, but hopefully soon.

The New York Times has a story today about the film's director Matteo Garrone.

Living Where Crime Conquers All
Published: February 8, 2009
“Gomorrah” is an Italian look at how a criminal organization penetrates a culture.

"Gomorrah" is receiving a lot of press in America as its release here nears. After the Times' story was published, NPR ran a story on the film, and the author of the book, Roberto Saviano, said something that I found interesting.

"I hope this movie will finally show people the ferocious face of Italy, which is the face that really runs things," Saviano says. "I think many American moviegoers will be surprised."

I think that's a brilliant statement. America often only sees the fun, the pasta, the coffee, the gondolas. But Italy's a real country with real problems.

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