Sunday, March 29, 2009

Gomorra/Commora, stunning film

About the Napolitano mafia. Napolitano refers to Naples, with Scampia, the place it happens in, being Campagnia, the surrounding area, as named in the local diletto, or dialect, of the region. Directed by Matteo Garrone, Gomorra is a severe neo-realist treatment of organized crime in Naples, one that dispenses with virtually all of the romanticized story telling elements of mafia movies in the United States. Instead of using them, it roots itself in the reality of the grinding poverty of Naples' public housing projects, projects that in turn are descendants of housing slums that go back to Roman times. There's no dapper sophistication here, just poor, violent, people wearing Adidas track suits listening to Italian versions of U.S. rap. In fact, there's so little styhy more than a fictional movie. Because of it's style, it ends up being scary as hell, terrifying, more so than it would be if the director had portrayed the people involved as embodiments of ultimate evil.

You can read other people's account of the four interweaving stories for more background.

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