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Gomorrah
     

Gomorrah

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Director: Matteo Garrone

Cast: Salvatore Cantalupo, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale

 

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Adapted from Roberto Saviano's controversial non-fiction book, Matteo Garrone's crime drama Gomorrah examines how organized crime reaches deep into every facet of life in Naples, Italy by telling the tale of over a dozen different characters. Among the main protagonists is a pair of wannabe thugs who take their cue from movie gangsters, a grocery-delivery boy

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Adapted from Roberto Saviano's controversial non-fiction book, Matteo Garrone's crime drama Gomorrah examines how organized crime reaches deep into every facet of life in Naples, Italy by telling the tale of over a dozen different characters. Among the main protagonists is a pair of wannabe thugs who take their cue from movie gangsters, a grocery-delivery boy who must learn to kill, and a criminal mastermind who plots to make a fortune while dumping toxic waste near overpopulated communities.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Movies about powerful crime figures pose unique problems for socially responsible directors. After all, films about really bad men do run the risk of making murder, blackmail, and torture glamorous -- even when the director doesn't mean for them to be. But, Matteo Garrone avoids these pitfalls skillfully in his drama Gomorrah by tempering the excitement of thug life with a healthy, if scary, dose of social realism. Adapted from the Roberto Saviano book of the same name, the movie details how the Camorra, an organized crime network located primarily in Naples, controls the lives of so many citizens that, in some parts of Italy, they dictate social order more than the police. The movie uses five intertwining storylines to reveal the vast scope of the Camorra's power. For instance, there is a pair of twentysomething wannabe badasses who start out playacting scenes from Scarface, but end up in over their heads after stealing a stash of guns from a local mob boss. We also watch as a young delivery boy must help kill a woman who has been trying to escape the corrupt system put in place by the Camorra. In another segment, we learn how the men at the top of the criminal food chain make a fortune by disposing of toxic waste -- usually close to heavily populated areas where the people are too poor, or too scared, to fight back. Garrone presents all these various plot strands in a style that combines Scorsese-inspired kinetic action with John Sayles-esque humanity. From the opening scene -- a stylishly photographed mob hit in a tanning salon -- to a final crawl that reveals alarming real-life statistics about the Camorra, Gomorrah is a hard-hitting film that exhilarates and educates in equal measure.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2009
UPC:
0715515051712
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:17:00
Sales rank:
15,842

Special Features

Disc 1:; Theatrical trailers; Disc 2:; Five stories, a 60-minute documentary on the making of Gomorrah; New video interviews with Garrone and actor Toni Servillo; Video interview with writer Roberto Saviano; Short video piece featuring Servilio and actors Gianfelice Imparato and Salvatore Cantalupo; Deleted scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Salvatore Cantalupo Pasquale
Gianfelice Imparato Don Ciro
Maria Nazionale Maria
Toni Servillo Franco
Gigio Morra Iavarone
Salvatore Abruzzese Toto
Simone Sacchettino Simone
Ciro Petrone Ciro
Marco Macor Actor
Carmine Paternoster Actor

Technical Credits
Matteo Garrone Director,Screenwriter
Paolo Bonfini Production Designer
Maurizio Braucci Screenwriter
Leslie Cardini Costumes/Costume Designer
Ugo Chiti Screenwriter
Massimo Gaudioso Screenwriter
Gianni di Gregorio Screenwriter
Mathew Herbert Score Composer
Robert "3D" del Naja Score Composer
Marco Onorato Cinematographer
Domenico Procacci Producer
Leslie Shatz Sound/Sound Designer
Marco Spoletini Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gomorrah
1. Burned [4:59]
2. Deliveries [7:05]
3. Tony Montana X 2 [7:17]
4. Dump Site [2:41]
5. Haute Couture [5:29]
6. Totò / Don Ciro [4:37]
7. Tryouts [4:31]
8. Franco [6:02]
9. Cache [4:51]
10. Xian's Proposal [9:21]
11. The Secessionists [8:42]
12. Waste Management [7:12]
13. New List [5:07]
14. Boy's Games [7:27]
15. Kids No More [3:07]
16. Forced out [4:29]
17. A Problem in the House [5:53]
18. Open War [6:36]
19. Don Ciro's Luck [6:11]
20. Helping Others [7:03]
21. Scarlett Johansson [2:54]
22. A Job for Ciro and Marco [5:22]
23. "Everything's Okay" [10:07]
Disc #2 -- Gomorrah
1. The Secondigliano War [17:11]
2. The System [9:40]
3. The Land of Fires [7:15]
4. Angelina Jolie [7:38]
5. Hollywood [20:42]

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Gomorrah 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
maracavani More than 1 year ago
A perfect portrait of criminality in Naples and surrounds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Broad, sweeping depiction of modern Italian organized crime. No romanticizing of crime here. Based on true events.
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