(AFP) – Fourteen years after the last episode of the cult TV series The Sopranos, the film retracing the youthful years of the future mafia boss “Tony” has been presented Wednesday evening in preview in New York, in front of an excited audience of fans won over in advance.
The Beacon Theater, an auditorium transformed into a giant cinema, has taken on stage when David Chase, creator of the series, who co-wrote the film, introduced the cast of “The many saints of Newark.”
And the applause redoubled for Michael Gandolfini, the son of James Gandolfini, who died in 2013 at 51 years, and who played Tony Soprano, violent leader of an Italian-American mafia clan but tormented family man, in the HBO series which marked the TV for years 2000 and was a real social phenomenon in the United States.
“We miss your father !!!”, shouted a spectator. In the film, Michael Gandolfini, 22 years old, himself plays a teenage Tony Soprano in New Jersey for years 60.
“I didn’t know if Michael really wanted to do it, it might be too much for him,” ‘AFP director Alan Taylor, on the sidelines of the screening, as part of the Tribeca film festival.
“But he showed it in an audition, and I didn’t I never doubted again. I just had to sometimes prevent him from being + too + her father “, because in the film,” he had to be this young and tender version of the character “, added Alan Taylor, already behind the camera for several episodes of the series at the 21 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes.
– final rebound –
If it traces the years of Tony’s youth, a gifted teenager but without landmarks, between an absent father and an overly strict mother, the film centers on a character he venerates, Dic kie Moltisanti, played by Alessandro Nivola.
The story also explores the tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities in New Jersey at the time, as well as Newark riots in 60 and police violence.
But like any self-respecting prequel, “The many saints (“molti santi” in Italian) of Newark “, multiplies the references to the series and delivers some keys to fans who have mastered the genealogy of the Sopranos at their fingertips.
“I saw the series maybe six or seven times, and it really lived up to my expectations,” said Robert Quinn after the screening, 23 years old, still blown away by the final twist.
“I grew up in New Jersey, where you really hear people talking like that”, a- he added, saying he identified “a lot” with the series.
Broadcast in the United States simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max from October 1, the film is rt this week in UK and early November in France.