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Published November 23, 2014 by Tony

 

– CSI: Crime Scene Investigation –

 

Csi and its spin-off has long been the most watched TV series in the world, that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000 for a total of 14 seasons till now.
All this thanks to the high professionalism of the production team and the skill of the actors, which I think should be quite stressed after having photographed – for such a long time –  hundreds of battered corpses and bagging their pieces.  In Csi an average of 4.8 people per episode die, so after 315 episodes and fourteen seasons, the series has on its shoulders 1512 murder victims. This seems impressive, but it’s nothing compared to 38 deaths per episode in the series “Walking Dead”. According to “New Scientist”, the care with which Csi is made, about the depiction of police technique and procedure, showed many useful information to underworld.
In recent years, during its broadcast the share has declined, for the arrival of new and most interesting TV series, probably more bloodier and impressive. We all know that sooner or later this American crime drama television series gotta end, and hope this will happen before the inexorable decline.

ITALIA’S GOT TALENT

Published March 18, 2013 by Tony

2013 ITALIA’S GOT TALENT

italia's got talent

Also this year the Italian version of “Talent show” is over. As you know, this TV show’s format is similar to “American Idol”, born years ago in England, and based on the discovery of new talent, in any discipline.
In this fourth edition of Italy’s Got Talent, started on January 12, last Saturday during the finals, the sixteen finalists have competed to let viewers choose the winner.
As in the past, the three judges have been Maria De Filippi, Gerry Scotti and Rudy Zerbi and the presenters Simon Annicchiarico and Belén Rodríguez (who participated despite being pregnant).
Among them were some who really deserved to win and I want to mention:


Walter Orfei Malachikhine, a sixteen year old boy belonging to the homonymous circus family, which struck the judges with his acrobatic numbers.

walter-orfei-malachikhine
Sara Venerucci and Danilo Decembrini, a pair of artistic skaters, three-time world champions.

Sara Venerucci and Danilo Decembrini
Daniele and Alessandro Suez, twelve and fifteen years, two brothers acrobAdomako Danielatic dancers who have conquered all with their skill.

daniele alessandro suez
Ripalta Bufo, a good 22-year old soprano from Puglia who has performed a difficult song from “La Traviata”.

Ripalta Bufo
Brothers Lo Tumulo (Daniele Sportelli and Elio Angelini), a comedy duo who made us laugh through a macabre comic sense, parodying and joking about death.

Lo Tumulo
The duo Los Hermanos Macana, consisting of two twin brothers (Enrique e Guillermo De Fazi) from Argentina, talented dancers of a “passionate” tango.

Los Hermanos Macana
Anyway, at televoting among the finalists Adomako Daniel has triumphed, a 21 year old native of Ghana, who has competed in a lyrical piece, a version of “At Last” by Etta James, giving a display of all the nuances of his particular voice.  He is assigned the expected prize of € 100,000. Daniel had already tried his luck at the X-Factor show, a few years ago, but was rejected.

DANIEL ADOMAKO
An important victory for the 21 year old guy from Brescia, who has always had to struggle, even with his father, to show his talent and desire to succeed. He impressed the audience by his celestial voice but by humility and kindness arising from a slight effeminacy.

Adomako Daniel

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OLD TV ADVERTISING FORMAT

Published February 21, 2013 by Tony

CAROSELLO

A Way to do Publicity in TV

In 1957, the RAI (initial of Italian Radiotelevision), decided to start broadcasting advertisements, and for this innovation it needed an appropriate format, because a law then in force did not allow advertising in any evening show, and not before a period of ninety seconds from the beginning of the same.
And so, the television program called “CAROSELLO” (Carousel), was born, which went on the air for 20 years, from February 1957 to January 1977, on the then single national network (now called RAI 1), for a total of 7261 episodes.
“Carosello” was daily broadcasted, from 20:50 to 21:00, and was discontinued only in rare occasions, such as the Pope’s death, the killing of Kennedy or during the landing of the spacecraft Apollo 14 on the Moon.
The rigid format was not only a “spot” container, but consisted of a series of films (shorts), sketch theater comedy-style with musical interludes, or cartoons, then followed by the advertisements. Everything was predetermined, like the number of seconds devoted to advertising, the number of citations of the advertised product, as well as the number of seconds to devote to the show, whose plot often was unrelated to the product itself.
The main rule of Carosello was that each show (lasting 1 minute and 45 seconds), had to be strictly separated and distinguished from the mere publicity, while the “product” (réclame) had to be mentioned only at the end of the sketch, which often lavished a promise towards the quality of the product itself. Almost all the known “brands” of the time were advertised through this program.
In the creation of most Carosello shows have participated famous directors such as Luciano Emmer, Age and Scarpelli, Luigi Magni, Gillo Pontecorvo, Ermanno Olmi, Sergio Leone, Hugh Gregory, Pupi Avati, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, Richard Lester, and famous actors like Toto, Erminio Macario, Gilberto Govi, Vittorio Gassman, Dario Fo, Mina, Ernesto Calindri, Nino Manfredi, Virna Lisi, Gino Bramieri, Raimondo Vianello, Gino Cervi, Fernandel, Eduardo De Filippo, Jerry Lewis, Jayne Mansfield, Orson Welles, Yul Brynner.
The beginning of “Carosello” was an animation depicting the opening of a curtain marked by a piece of music that resembled a kind of fanfare.
In addition to introducing the innovation of réclame, this solution was the way to do it by inserting advertisements in a context that had the advantage of making them pleasant, and for this Carosello was a huge success, remaining for many years one of the most viewed program, very loved by adults and children. Over the years it became a typical “Italian family” evening appointment, to the point that even the common saying (addressed the children), “in bed after Carousel” was born on that time.
Today, Carosello is part of Italian TV history, and although the new generations do not know it, its memory still is alive in our minds, and maybe it has been this nostalgia along with the need to heal the RAI finances, which some leaders have thought to reintroduce this format. It is said that as early as next March, Carosello again will be broadcasted on the national network, in a revised and adapted version.

Here, some old sketch, shorts or cartoons transmitted during Carosello.

http://youtu.be/EunT4-7ftxo

http://youtu.be/BlM–m-AELY

http://youtu.be/-JKaR2_cf0Y

http://youtu.be/tMOPvcdHWF4

http://youtu.be/mJF8bgJNQvs

http://youtu.be/Xc46PzAZOKs

http://youtu.be/NASlgSp1sI0

http://youtu.be/WxPF75bFz14

http://youtu.be/5IkaITYWpo4

http://youtu.be/mT3qJSWE6YM

http://youtu.be/f-ARPRbUwLM

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MOB WIVES

Published April 27, 2012 by Tony

‘BONANNO CRIME FAMILY’ STORY

Mob Wives 2011

Joys and sorrows of American mobsters wives, of Italian origin, are successful in USA thanks to a controversial reality show. I am referring to “Mob Wives”, the  American reality television series airing on VH1 that made its debut April 17, 2011. It follows six Staten Island women after their husbands or fathers are arrested and imprisoned for crimes connected to the Mafia. Staten Island is a New York borough under the control of the Bonanno crime family, and these relatives have been described as “rats and stoolies“, since discussing private family business on TV that violates the mafia code. The current season 2 started on January 1, 2012 at 8 PM has two new cast members: Ramona Rizzo and Angela “Big Ang” Raiola,  while season three is expected to begin filming in July 2012 and will debut late December 2012.  The idea for the show came from Jennifer “Jenn” Graziano, sister of Renee Graziano, the daughter of Anthony Graziano, current ‘consigliere’ (counselor) of Bonanno.

A SHORT BONANNO CRIME FAMILY STORY

The Bonanno family is one of the “Five Families” that dominates organized crime activities in New York City within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as Mafia or Cosa Nostra. The origins of the Bonanno crime family can be traced back to the early 1880s in the town of Castellammare del Golfo located in the Province of Trapani, Sicily. During the 1900s, top members of the Bonanno, Bonventre, and Magaddino Mafia families relocated to New York, forming the Castellammarese clan due to their rivalry with Felice Buccellato, the boss of the Buccellato Mafia clan. These newly arriving began establishing dominance and control in the Castellammarese community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The conflict started when members of the Castellammarese Clan began hijacking truckloads of illegal liquor that belonged to Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria, while one of the group’s leaders Salvatore Maranzano also wanted to take control over New York’s underworld and then, took control of the Castellammarese Clan,  continued a bloody Mafia War. Finally, Maranzano established a secret alliance with Bronx Reina family, Boss Gaetano Reina, a nominal Masseria ally. In New York City, Maranzano established five Cosa Nostra families: the Luciano family under Lucky Luciano, the Mangano family under Vincent AnthonyGraziano_MassinoMangano, the Gagliano family under Tommy Gagliano, the Profaci family under Joseph Profaci, and the Maranzano crime family under himself. After Maranzano’s death, Bonanno was awarded most of Maranzano’s crime family directing his family into illegal gambling, loansharking, and narcotics. The family also built significant criminal interests in California and Arizona and with the support of his cousin, Buffalo crime family, boss Stefano Magaddino, he also expanded into Canada. The stable power relationship between the families collapsed with the death of Joe Profaci in 1962. Bonanno was now threatened by an alliance of Tommy Lucchese and new boss Carlo Gambino. At the same time, Bonanno was facing rising discontent within his own family that in 1963 led to a civil war inside the family, widely referred to in the media as the “Banana Split”.  The war finally brought to a close with Joe Bonanno suffering a heart attack and announcing his permanent retirement in 1968. The commission accepted this offer, with the stipulation that he never involve himself in New York Mafia affairs again under pain of death. Both factions came together under Sciacca’s leadership. His replacement was Natale “Joe Diamonds” Evola as boss of the Bonanno family.  Evola’s leadership was short lived – his death (from natural causes) in 1973 brought Phillip “Rusty” Rastelli to the throne. Due to the infighting of the Bonanno family, it was spurned by the other families and stripped of its Commission seat. Rastelli took charge of a seemingly hapless, doomed organization. Rastelli’s former friend Carmine Galante became a powerful and dangerous renegade. When eight members of the Genovese family were murdered onJoey Massino and Salvatore Vitale Galante’s orders for trying to muscle in on his drug operation, the other families decided he had outlived his usefulness at the head of the Bonanno family. On July 12, 1979, Galante was shot dead by three men, at a restaurant in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. Rastelli took over once again, but the family’s internal strife was far from over. Three renegade capos began to openly question Rastelli’s leadership and apparently to plot to overthrow him. With the blessing of the other families, Rastelli had the three men wiped out in a hit arranged by then-street boss Dominick “Sonny Black” Napolitano, as well as the future Boss Joseph “Big Joe” Massino . Subsequently, Rastelli  proposed Donnie Brasco, who had been involved in the murder,  as a full family member. In reality, Brasco was undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone, conducting what would become a six-year infiltration of the family. Rastelli’s death in 1991  saw the promotion of Massino to the top spot who   assigned a group of capos to oversee a particular enterprise and report to underboss Salvatore Vitale. Over the next 10 years the family regrouped while the other families’ bosses were in prison. Massino and Vitale were charged with the crime in 2003 after two of their capos turned themselves over as witnesses for the government. Then a new name came in the limelight, the Bonanno family Boss Vincent Basciano, who named Brooklyn business owner Salvatore “Sal the Ironworker” Montagna, as the new “acting boss” of the Family. Vincent Basciano was convicted on charges of conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, and illegal gambling and was sentenced to life imprisonment in late 2007, while Salvatore Montagna was deported to Canada in April 2009 and then assassinated outside in Quebec on November 24, 2011.
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(source:Wikipedia.org)

CRIME NEWS

Published October 14, 2011 by Tony

When the crime becomes Business!

The three accused

According to rumors, American networks would have competed, to the tune of dollars, for the exclusive first interview to Amanda Knox returned in U.S. after the acquittal for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy. Useless say we all are happy for her. Sure it will, become a scoop, and someone maybe will win a prizes even. I do not think that Amanda has something new or important to say in addition to everything we already know. When a legal case isn’t resolved yet, it would be fair and opportune to pay, if anything, to get to know who the murderess.

Judging by the programs that are aired these days, a lot of people in the television audience like to crime news.

And, who knows why, the killers are more sought than the victims, it gets more audience, evidently!

Behind crimes news on TV there is a round of millionaire business, from the TV networks, earning by  advertising, and ending with the protagonists, criminals and victims, in addition to criminologists, lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists and commentators, invited as guests or consultants. The few who do not receive earnings, will certainly gain in visibility.

Amanda Knox after the acquittal

In journalism, you should not pay for news.

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Poor consumerism

Published September 6, 2011 by Tony

IN THE OLD DAYS


Walking down the street an old lady sees a thread of string on the ground, bows down, picks it up and puts it in his pocket taking it away.
Scene of the past, times when a simple string
even could be useful, to tie an old cardboard suitcase, for example.
Today, those who need a piece of string buy an entire roll then leaving it who knows where, while the cardboard suitcases exist anymore, we buy a Samsonite trolley or the last publicized on TV, even if for a single trip.

Adaptation? Consumerism? Progress?

It possibly has been the new euro currency making worse the things and then the international crisis, but if we go back in time, the situation about economic difficulty begins with the massive advertising (TV?) and worsens with the loss of some value which over the years hit our society.
For values I also mean also the one about the little things, like the piece of string collected from the woman.
Although my relatives criticisms, I do not throw things away so easily, keep them and gather some good object if abandoned, even if I find a simple nail or an used flowerpot in the street.
My old grandmother said: “chi trova astipa” that in Neapolitan means “who finds must store” and we were a family that couldn’t be defined poor or needy. It was the life style to be different and beyond the value given to any goods, the shame, if presents, was not for those having worn clothes or no car.
Well…. A trouble shared is a trouble halved.. .. somebody could say!
Time ago on a sidewalk, next to garbage cans, I saw a large mirror thrown away because of no use evidently. It was a beautiful mirror in a eight-shaped figure and I don’t deny the instinctive urge to take it before some urchin broke it or the garbage collector took it away, but the shame was over, together the impossibility to carry such a burden alone. I only can imagine what the old woman could have said or any other person just living forty years ago, when things were not thrown away so easily after the use, especially if still good and usable, and there was a sort of family recycle. I think that if such a people could be here today, he/she will have the opportunity to live on a private income coming by all the things thrown away.
And thinking of…………. the one that is asking for a loan just to have a dishwasher at any cost or a newer plasma screen to show at the friends.

Adaptation? Consumerism? Progress?

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