Maltese - Il Romanzo del Commissario (TV Mini-Series 2017)

TV Mini-Series   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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In Sicily during the seventies the police chief Maltese finds himself entangled in an investigation that will uncover the widespread influence of Mafia in the area and expose the archaic roots which nurtured it.


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Leonardo Fasoli (creator), Maddalena Ravagli (creator), Gianluca Maria Tavarelli (creator)

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15 March 2018 | Tweekums
| Maltese: The Mafia Detective
This Italian drama is set in the mid '70s and follows Dario Maltese, a police commissioner who returns to his hometown on Sicily to attend the marriage of his childhood friend who is now the commissioner of the local police. Maltese hasn't been there long when his friend and his fiancée are gunned down. He requests a transfer to he can investigate his friend's murder. It isn't long before authorities are linking the death to an unknown woman he was seen with; Maltese is convinced that it was no crime of passion though... he is sure it has all the hallmarks of a mafia hit. He, and a few trusted police officers started digging deeper and soon believe that there are links between the local political authorities and organised crime. It won't be easy to prove though; these are incredibly dangerous people willing to kill anybody who betrays them and anybody trying to expose them.

When I saw the trailer for this, featuring our protagonist driving a motorboat with his suit and '70s moustache I thought it might be a pastiche but it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a fairly gritty drama. It doesn't do anything to glamorise the mafia; they are depicted as thugs who have corrupted those in power through a combination of bribery and fear. There is a real sense of danger as the investigation progresses; this escalates exponentially as Maltese closes in on the evidence he so desperately seeks. The makers nicely captured the '70s feel; at no time did I feel that details were obviously wrong as is often the case with dramas sent in the not too distant past. The acting is impressive; most notably from Kim Rossi Stuart, who plays Maltese and is rarely off screen; and Rike Schmid who play Elisa Ripstein, a photographer at the local paper who gets involved with Maltese. Overall I'd certainly recommend this to fans of European crime drama; especially those who enjoyed 'Inspector Montalbano' and want to see something else set on Sicily, even though this is much gritter.

These comments are based on watching the series in Italian with English subtitles.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller


Release Date:

8 May 2017



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Filming Locations

Roma, Lazio, Italy

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