Sky’s Offer You Can’t Refuse and Romanzo criminale. La serie’s Criminal Payoffs

  • Dana RengaEmail author


This chapter introduces readers to the premium pay network Sky Italia, addressing how, unlike Rai’s pedagogical programming and Mediaset’s middlebrow model, Sky shows are, for the most part, in line with series dubbed as “quality television.” This chapter lays out the features of the Sky model which are familiar to American series such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, or Breaking Bad. However, Sky series depart from the American model in their focus on actual crime networks that brought about, and in some cases still generate, grief, pain, and national instability, while all unambiguously place good-looking antiheroes at the narrative core. The chapter focuses on the representation of the Roman criminal gang the Banda della Magliana in Romanzo criminale. La serie (Stefano Sollima, 2008–2010), first considering how audiences are invited to engage emotionally with sympathetic perpetrators in the series, before discussing various remediated videos found on sites such as YouTube and Daily Motion that show photographs of historical Banda members and stills from the series. To what extent, this chapter asks, might the remediated videos stand as counterexamples to the ideals of a culture of legality in that they might create sympathy for historical perpetrators and not solely for fictional villains. Indeed, web-based media platforms prompt complex responses from users who find it difficult to reconcile reactions to the new media interplay of historical and fictional villains.


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  1. 1.The Department of French and ItalianThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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