Circeo tv series, the review: an Italian Crime Story

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Ryan Murphy was the first to tell the great American news stories adapting it to the world of entertainment and its well-known gears. His American Crime Story has served numerous other TV series released later as a guide to narrate those tragic and disturbing facts that have, in one way or another, contributed to changing the history of an entire country. Circeo is one of these series: from a news story that cannot be forgotten, a series was born that could have as a subtitle “Italian Crime Story”.

Circeo tv series, the review

Flaminia Gressi, creator of the TV series with which Paramount + debuts in Italy, has chosen to tell the Circeo massacre from a perspective that remains within the narrative of the present told but also serves to give a broader look at the future that has arisen. A future made up of battles, demonstrations in the streets and requests for rights to give the right defense to all victims of abuse.

Here, then, Circeo immediately abandons what could have been the easiest way, namely the morbid tale of those terrible hours they saw Donatella Colasanti And Rosaria Lopez in the hands of their captors. What the two young women have to undergo is only made to imagine by the script, making it clear immediately that the series – after the premise of the first episode – will focus on another, fundamental aspect of that tragic episode, namely the legal one.

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Circeo is not the story of the massacre, but of the process that followed. And just the tone of him from the legal drama it is clear immediately: it is no coincidence that alongside Gressi and Viola Rispoli (the latter head writer) in the screenplay there is Lisa Nur Sultan, who delighted us in spring 2022 with Studio Battaglia, set in the world of a family of lawyers Milanese.

The glamor of Raiuno’s legal drama (on which Circeo will also be broadcast, in 2023) here, however, makes room for crude testimonies, for the fear that transpires from Donatella’s words (which respect what really happened in 1975) and the clear will to make them become an instrument to change a law. In fact, Circeo insists on the need to change the law against rape, until then considered only a crime against morality and not against the person.

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IS Tina Lagostena Bassi (Pia Lanciotti) to specify it very well, without rhetoric, in the first episode: “You need a spark”, a case of violence that is able to attract the attention of the press to the point of provoking a strong reaction in public opinion. That’s the spark she is Teresa Capogrossifictional character played by Greta Scarano, they try, aware that history is made (and changed) even in this way.

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In narrating this need, however, there is never cynicism, but objectivity. The construction of the case, its preparation in detail, transforms the optics of the series from a simple reconstruction to a legal tale. And Circeo thus shows its extremely modern and contemporary nature.

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Also for this reason it seems that we wanted to opt for the narration from the point of view of a character, that of Capogrossi, who did not really exist: it allows you to broaden the vision of the fact and adapt it to the meaning you want to attribute to the series, but making it surrounded by the characters. really involved in the affair the realistic imprint is not lost which was necessary for Circeo to maintain its credibility.

Ultimately, the operation with which Circeo has become a TV series goes far from what it could have been when the project was presented: not a news story that must be represented, but a news story that becomes a watershed between a before and an after. An Italian Crime Story, in fact, whose task is to remind us of the role of public opinion in defining the laws that protect us and that it is never wrong to make one’s voice heard when it is necessary for a country to take steps forward.

The article is in Italian

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