Detective Coliandro is back, and the series has reached its fifth season. Some years have passed since the last time, for this fifth season brings in the title specific “return”. There are so many policemen at the cinema or on television, but Detective Coliandro is a special case. Honest and foiled, messy, full of prejudices but ready to give it up, stubborn, obstinate unintentionally ironic and at the same time, he decided to fight for an innate sense of justice and legality, surely incorruptible, “cop” in the soul … In short , a police officer who is the opposite of all television detective heroes and perhaps because of it, and in spite of its obvious (and human) defects, impossible not to love. Coliandro moves in a world of crime that is sort of a spectacular synthesis of reality and the fantasy action film. The Bologna-based environment has become over time itself a feature of the character, so that the latest edition of Touring Bologna Guide states that Coliandro is so representative of the city to overcome even the typical mask of the Plague Doctor. Coliandro, it not particularly esteemed by his superiors, normally relegated to office work, detective stories in which he stars we slipped a little ‘to force a bit’ by mistake. It is always found in larger stories about him, in which – inevitably – he meets a woman and falls in love to be in the end – equally inevitably – left. This is the Detective Coliandro, a detective series with strong tones of comedy, playing mixing the realistic world of criminal investigation in today’s reality and the imagination of escapist cinema.
“How much did he know about all this, detective?”
“Almost anything … but I was taking punches until you have solved everything.”
The policeman is always the classic character of the TV series.
Over the years, television has made us get acquainted with hundreds of policemen, investigators heroic in defense of the law.
There are tough cops, the more investigative, easygoing ones like “The Columbo” or hyper sensitive or heroes spotless starring Raul Bova.
A special case is the Detective Coliandro.
Honest and foiled, messy, full of prejudices but ready to give it up, stubborn, obstinate unintentionally ironic and at the same time, decided to fight for an innate sense of justice and legality, surely incorruptible cop – more, cop – soul … In short, Coliandro.
Coliandro is the opposite of all television detective heroes.
Hard to say if it is almost a paradox or simply looks far more like the cops of the reality that those of fiction.
Perhaps because of it, in spite of its obvious (and human) defects, it is impossible not to love him.
The Detective Coliandro born from the pen of Carlo Lucarelli, first as a literary character, appearing in many short stories and two novels ( “Falange Armata” and “The Day of the Wolf”) and then, even the star of a comic book.
In 2006 Coliandro become a TV series for Rai: played by Giampaolo Morelli, written by Carlo Lucarelli and Giampiero Rigosi and directed by the Manetti Bros.
And ‘an instant success, an unexpected success, on a difficult italian network as Rai Due and a story so unusual.
And so this abnormal cop, man and very little hero, sad and inadequate, becomes the star of four series (2006-2010), where he deals with, other characteristic, the most diverse and spectacular cases. That of 2016 is the fifth season. By the end of 2017 will come the sixth, always on Rai Due.
Coliandro moves in a world of crime that is sort of a spectacular synthesis of reality and the fantasy action film.
His adventures are seen through the distorting lens of his eye of police, yes inadequate but passion of movies and cop shows.
And so the crime in recent years has spread in our urban fabric, especially in the city of Bologna, multiethnic metropolis, a crossroads of “business” of any kind, it assumes the intriguing faces and “read” the action film.
The Bologna-setting, as well as allowing the credibility of various types of stories and locations, has itself become a feature of the character, so that the latest edition of Touring Bologna Guide states that Coliandro is so representative of the city in the imagination of readers to even surpass the typical mask of the Plague Doctor.
Our inspector in detective stories we slipped a little ‘to force a bit’ by mistake. Not certain the best prepared of the police, the tasks that are assigned “officially” are mostly office tasks: complaints officer, supervisor of the food shop of Police, passport office. But it so happens that Coliandro you always find yourself in the biggest stories of him.
This is the Coliandro inspector, a detective series with marked tones of comedy, playing mixing the realistic world of criminal investigation in today’s reality and the imagination of escapist cinema. This mix creates an intriguing cocktails, spectacular and, above all, fun, adventures of the trademark of our Inspector.
The genre of the series is then “the police comedy”, which is cautious as ever either side, so that the police nature does not become a “farce” but which never flows into the morbid or “heavy.”
The character of Coliandro is a solitary, even melancholy hair, but in his work and in his troubled love life looks a constellation of characters that somehow are built specifically to bring out the sides of his character.
First of all the detective suffers from easily falling in love, because under the tough mask that never removes hides a tender heart. A bit ‘like Dylan Dog, or, more than anything else, a kind of James Bond on the contrary, in every story meets a woman and falls in love, and that, in turn, will put him in crisis not only sentimental but also ideological, since Coliandro that is inevitably drawn to those very different from him.
So the tough cop (who would like to be) falls in love with a young frequenter of social centers, or the racist prejudice component that is in the Coliandro will have to deal with the “crush” on a beautiful black woman, and so on .
With two constants: the first is that the love stories of Coliandro never end well, and our hero will always return to the ultimate lone, the second of which is the macho pride Coliandro can not ever do without, doing always hard to admit to being in love.
“Detective, who is that, his new girlfriend? Nice!”
“Nice, Gargiù … do not exaggerate, fuckable!”.
Coliandro: GIAMPAOLO MORELLI
Gamberini: PAOLO SASSANELLI
Gargiulo: GIUSEPPE SOLERI
Longhi: VERONIKA LOGAN
De Zan: ALESSANDRO ROSSI
Bertaccini: CATERINA SILVA
Buffarini: BENEDETTA CIMATTI
Paffoni: LUISELLA NOTARI
Borromini: MAX BRUNO
Hamid: MUHAMMED TAHIR MAHMOOD
Mamma Gargiulo: ANGELA COTTI
RAI FICTION – VELAFILM
Serie ideata da
CARLO LUCARELLI, GIAMPIERO RIGOSI, MANETTI BROS.
CARLO LUCARELLI, GIAMPIERO RIGOSI,
PAOLO BARAVELLI, GIANCARLO DONATINI, SOFIA ASSIRELLI, MICHELANGELO LA NEVE
Casting TERESA RAZZAUTI
Aiuto regia LAURA CONTARINO e GIULIA FORGIONE
Segretaria di edizione MARTA FLORIAN
Stunt coordinator ALESSANDRO BORGESE
Suono LAVINIA BURCHERI
Costumi GINEVRA DE CAROLIS
Scenografia NOEMI MARCHICA
Fotografia FRANCESCA AMITRANO
Montaggio FEDERICO MARIA MANESCHI
Musiche PIVIO e ALDO DE SCALZI
Responsabile Post-produzione MICHELA FORNACI
Direttori di produzione ISABELLA ALDROVANDI e DANIELE SPINOZZI
Organizzatore generale STEFANIA BALDUINI
Produttore Rai DORIANA CAPUTI
Produttore associato MAURIZIO TINI
Prodotto da TOMMASO DAZZI per Velafilm Srl
Regia MANETTI BROS.