Saturday, March 30, 2013

Long Weekend: Time to READ a Movie!

Great, A long weekend for the Under 65, just another day for Over 65.

Libraries, Metro Vancouver in General,  North Vancouver in particular, borrowing  .... DVDs ......  there's Foyle's War (seen them five times already),  Morse (the same), Jack Frost (Again the same amount of times).... but, finally a new "to us"  Detective series....:

"Detective Montalbano" .... He cooks, He Never does the Dishes, apparently, nor makes the bed,... he's got a great sense of humour, good company with all and .... he likes Wine, lots of Bottles of ........ wine, must be safer than Water ..... enjoys a good, three or four times a day ... and always without talking during the meal..... Talking is either BEFORE, or AFTER.

Excellent Swimmer (so to the cameraman) by the looks of it. 

Nineteen segments... or maybe there's a few more that we've missed.

One true Love ..... Livia..... from the North of Italy... maybe.... a flight is required to connect Livia with Salvo Montalbano ..... which leaves the door open for other, potential, romances......  Ahhhhhhh!

The only reason we're passing this tip on to you is because in the last four months we haven't been able to put the "book" down.   And we're this close to "reading", the series TWICE.

The DVD is filmed on an Island called Sicily... and therefore, there's a lot of.... gestures, waving of hands, raised voices, meals on balconies, fading light, Mafia, Murder, and Mayhem..... the only part we're not sure of ..... is the towns' ... population ... taking siestas every time the cameras starts to roll ... or is it a matter of a sense we have, a feeling, that we're looking at a movie made on a shoestring budget  ..... no money for the Extras, the actors.

Oh and the best part is Detective Salvo Montalbano's abilitiy to combine all of the miscellaneous details into one Hell of good spellbinder.   

Typically the BBC (not us), have made their foreign films with English accented actors playing the roles of Italians or Russian or French.... most disconcerting... but this series, Detective Montalbano.... they all speak-a the Italian... the Sicilian ..... with real Italian Accents.

Last detail.... If you're ever thinking of travelling to Sicily, and you need to know a few words, .... or may we be so bold as to suggest the "word" .... Fluently....., then the BEST movie to READ, and Watch, is Detective Montalbano.... via the Subtitles.... You'll never take your eyes off of the screen!

  Wikipedia  .....Inspector Montalbano is an engaging hero – honest, decent and loyal. He has his own way of doing things, and his superiors regard him as something of a loose cannon. One of the strengths of the novels movies is Montalbano's ability to navigate through a murky world, a world of shady connections and favours owed and owing, without compromising himself beyond what he can live with. There is a great deal of humor in his character, but the subtext is hard criticism of the social and political situation of both the Sicilian and Italian contexts........

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