Saturday, 4 August 2012

Inspector Montalbano

Well I found a great new detective series to read, Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano. Forget The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Wallander & The Killing, this one is very different in fact it's pretty unique. 


I first came across Salvo Montalbano on BBC4 earlier this year when they broadcast ten TV programmes which were made in 1999. Not sure whether I missed the original showing or whether this is the first time they've screened it. Just hope they show them all again before they show the next programmes this autumn. I didn't get to see all of them so I'm reading the books & loving them. If they don't repeat the original ten programmes I might have to buy them on DVD.


Salvo Montalbano's a flawed detective, like all the best ones but you can't help liking him. He's a loner, he's moody, pedantic, bad tempered but you know he's honest even if he changes things a little to get results. You wonder why he's such a moody bloke in the telly series, there's no monologue like in Harry O where we get to know what's going on in the character's mind. However if you read the books you get a better insight into his character. 


The other police characters are wonderful, my favourite is Catarella the desk sergeant whom Montalbano frequently finds unintelligible. I love the humour when Catarella is involved, what a comedy character & the actor who portrays him is exactly like the character in the book. The minor characters are also wonderful in these books & so too are those actors who portray them on TV. 


The setting is Sicily in a fictional town called Vigato (actually Ragusa) & the scenery is wonderful, not the pretty Portofino stuff but very attractive to watch. I'd love to visit the locations where series this was filmed. Maybe one of these days I'll get a holiday to Sicily & I'll look them up. There's a website Sicily Tour Guides which shows you where they were filmed. 


I do like the music too, it's very unusual, quite discordant & tinny but I found it really fitted the programme. 


I don't normally watch subtitled programmes, they irritate the life out of me but this one was different. I'm glad they didn't dub them as the original Italian is fantastic to listen to. 


Too often TV & films don't do justice to the books, one exception was Inspector Morse, Montalbano is another. I've a few more books to go in the series but I'm not rushing to get to the end. I'm dreading it! Will have to go right back to the beginning & start again!


If you haven't seen it you can get a flavour of the series here.

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Brush Quills! Oh I love that Catarella. You just couldn't dub that could you.

6 comments:

  1. You mentioned this before and I searched for it everywhere. Couldn't find it. Watched this trailer and searched frantically again. Still can't find it where I can watch it. This show does appear to be right up my alley and I shall keep looking.

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    1. Love the show - it is a joy to watch as it takes you into the laid-back world Montalbano inhabits and allows you to enjoy a taste of Italian humour (and the wonderful seafood vicariously).

      I found it hard to find the episodes online so I did a bit of work to create English subtitled versions so I can watch Montalbano anytime. I want to share this with other fans here is a link to my blog with an episode guide and links.

      Enjoy.

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  2. It was shown on TV in USA but as Detective Montalbano. It's available to buy on DVD on Amazon in the US and also Instant Video, not sure what exactly that is but Episode 1 The Snack Thief is here:
    http://www.amazon.com/Detective-Montalbano-Episode-Snack-Thief/dp/B007K4ZKT0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1344121034&sr=8-3&keywords=inspector+montalbano

    If this link doesn't work let me know & I'll send an email.

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  3. I love this. Have read the books. BBC4 showed 10 episodes over winter and they were excellent. Go to BBC site and ask when showing more. Thats what I did as the more people that request it the likelier they are to run it. Montalbano rocks and Catterella is hilarious.x

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  4. I love this. Have read the books. BBC4 showed 10 episodes over winter and they were excellent. Go to BBC site and ask when showing more. Thats what I did as the more people that request it the likelier they are to run it. Montalbano rocks and Catterella is hilarious.x

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  5. Dear Winifred ~~ It takes me all my time to read the papers and a few magazines, so books are out. It does sound an interesting read though.
    I am really enjoying the Olympic Games from London and it is so lovely to see the beautiful old buildings and monuments and all the places I have heard about but will never see. The weather has stayed fairly nice for them, and the flowers and trees surrounding everything. I hope you are watching too my friend and feeling proud of your country and its capital.

    I like the sound of your Arun jacket. I like plain back and sleeves now I am so old (78) I think just the front is lovely. I hope you are getting through all the tasks you set yourself, my friend. You sound much too busy for me.
    Take care, Love, Merle.

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