This is the best time to see The Sopranos – Come and See

Fortunate for those who have not yet seen The Sopranos and now have the time and the opportunity to enjoy all 86 episodes of an epic series for whose fans a movie, “The Many Saints of Newark”, is already ready and edited, which will probably be released in the month of September and will serve as a prequel, portraying the childhood of Tony, the head of the family.

There were 6 seasons, between 1999 and 2007, that turned the creation of David Chase into a jewel that began timidly as another of the many stories of the mafia but soon it was seen that his mentors had taken on an important artistic challenge, with a return of nut that distinguished it from the lot of similar ones and placed it on the podium of the best.

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The Sopranos are a lot, but the undisputed leader is Tony, a dangerous and fearsome and often seductive big man who played James Gandolfini, an actor who was awarded dozens of proposals by the industry and who enjoyed the moment of greatest fame and prestige when his heart, still young, said enough.

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The mastermind behind the story is David Chase who, at first, wanted to make a movie, but his manager read the script and told him this narration deserves to become a series because it has several characters that need development that the length of a film does not can give them.

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It was not the only major correction. When deciding on the series, Chase suggested a different theme song for each episode and HBO countered a unique soundtrack. so that at the first chord the viewer could identify it without a shadow of a doubt. And then another hit came, the image of Tony Soprano smoking a cigar, at the wheel of his car crossing the Lincoln Tunnel from New Jersey to Manhattan while Woke Up This Morning from Alabama 3 plays.

The character of Gandolfini coordinates the many businesses of the clan he represents, including money laundering and the collection of contributions “voluntarily” contributed by Jersey merchants in exchange for protection. Tony has a wife, two children, occasional lovers and from a moment that drastically changes his existence, panic attacks that make him seek the help of a psychiatrist.

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Actress Lorraine Bracco took on the role of Dr. Jennifer Melfi. The analyst-patient relationship is Chase’s genius idea that transformed a conventional narrative into something different. The universe of psychoanalysis becomes exciting when you have in front of a man who resolves daily about the life and death of many of those around him.

Like anyone else, Tony resists, rejects what he does not understand, threatens every day to abandon therapy, but without realizing it, he begins to need those weekly meetings in which he leaves shreds of his existence and that act as a pause between an adjustment accounts, an execution or a Sunday of pasta with the family.

At this point in the prestige that the series is recognized for, there is more than one legend about the resources used by the cast and production to give the plot more credibility. It is said that Gandolfini had a couple of interviews with real former gangsters and that one of the notes he took into account was the outfit they recommended. In the initial season, he appeared in the middle of a meeting in his house wearing shorts and was warned that “under no circumstances” could he repeat such clothing, considered inappropriate for someone like him.

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It is also said that the production was obsessed with getting viewers to understand how, for example, money laundering was carried out. For that they hired the services of the assistant district attorney of New York. Such dedication earned not only an outstanding rating but also brought an unthinkable number of tourists to New Jersey.

The pizzeria that appears the most in Los Sopranos experienced a boom that is still going on and another of the businesses that went bankrupt in fiction had to carry out an advertising campaign to tell that it was still in force and in optimal condition.

As for the action that a gangster story demands, it must be said that over the six seasons and 86 episodes 92 people die. Several entities that bring together descendants of Italians, based in the United States they shouted to heaven with the negative stereotypes suffered by the community. On balance, however, there were more satisfactions than protests.

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The cast of the six seasons is luxurious. It is true that the counterpoints between Tony and his analyst are the most brilliant, but each character has its space and its possibility of showing off. Among others are Steve Van Zandt, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Pastore, Robert Iler, Aida Turturro and Edie Falco.

The success of the series augured a spectacular future for many of the actors, starting with Gandolfini, who suffered a fatal heart attack in 2013. As in other productions, there is no supposed curse that tarnishes the series’ journey, although it is true that in the fourth season one of the characters faces Tony and predicts that with that overweight, he will not reach 50. James died while resting in a hotel in Rome, at 51.

For those who did not see it, The Sopranos is in Flow, Directv GO y HBO GO. Those who already know the dialogues by heart can review it while they wait for it to arrive. The Many Saints of Newark. There is Michael, the son of James Gandolfini, who plays the adolescence of his father’s character in the 70s.

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