RARA-AVIS: Re: Epitafios and other foreign crime drama

From: foxbrick ( foxbrick@yahoo.com)
Date: 12 Dec 2005

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Tim Wohlforth <tim@t...> wrote:
> Just a short note to alert you all to Epitafios, if you are not
> already watching the series. It runs on HBO Signature in Spanish
> subtitles. It is a marvelous crime series set in Buenos Aires. Shot
> in color, it has the same noir feel as LA Confidential. I proves
> without a doubt that great hard-boiled and noir material is being
> produced in many countries. In some cases these are superior to
> we produce here. I wonder how many other fine TV shows are out
> produced in other countries that we never see?

Got to see the first episode of this one on HBO On Demand the other week, and was struck by how much atmosphere was on display, but how slim the motivation and plot seemed in comparison. But, then, I can believe it improves as it goes along...certainly the CBC's DA VINCI'S INQUEST, getting its first US run in syndication this season in a rather jumbled fashion, seems to have improved enormously in its first year, and perhaps got a bit clumsy or rushed by its fourth. (But perhaps that's a function of editing to make room for the commercials.) And I was glad to see the Australian WATER RATS recently pop up in the Philadelphia market, after seeing it years earlier in DC.


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