tobyaw: (Frogmarch 2002 - Whitby)
posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 08:21pm on 18/11/2012 under , ,
For the past few weeks [livejournal.com profile] kateaw and I have been watching a series of Italian TV movies collectively titled Inspector Montalbano. A Sicilian detective series based on crime novels by Andrea Camilleri, the films were produced from 1999 through to 2011. We recorded them as BBC Four showed the latter twelve films over the past few months; I hope they reshow the earlier films so we can catch them.

While I’ve watched a fair few subtitled films and television programmes, I haven’t seen so many Italian ones. There is an entertaining expressiveness in the language, and as a result Kate and I have been talking to each other in cod Italian accents. It’s hard to resist answering the phone with “Pronto!”

I’m a bit of a sucker for detective drama, particularly when it doesn’t wallow in misery or deprived city centres. One of my favourite ways to spend an evening is to sit next to Kate and watch ninety minutes of on-screen detecting.

The beauty of the Sicilian countryside and buildings is evident in the films, as is an appreciation for the cuisine (although Montalbano’s meals are rather fish-heavy for my taste).

I'll look out for the books; it appears that many of them have been translated into English.
location: St Andrews, Scotland

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