When the Local Goes Global

The Transnational Appeal of the Italian Mafia Story
  • Milly BuonannoEmail author
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


By presenting the comparative case study of the two most iconic and ground-breaking mob dramas ever made in Italy—The Octopus (Raiuno, 1980s) and Gomorrah (Sky Atlantic, 2000s)—the chapter engages in the contextualised analysis of the range of factors that helped to make these shows the most successful exports in the history of Italian television. The comparison is meant to highlight how the conditions for local crime drama to achieve transnational circulation and reputation have significantly changed over time. In particular, the shift has enabled Gomorrah to disrupt ethical concerns and narrative canons of the mafia story as they were successfully and influentially established by The Octopus.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.La Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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