Conclusions: Gomorrah 3 and Italian Television Abroad

  • Dana RengaEmail author


This chapter addresses the allure of sympathetic perpetrators on Italian television by discussing the Gomorrah 3’s continued controversy, innovative marketing strategy, and alignment with the buddy film. It pays close attention to spoilers, exploring the author’s position as a viewer who has watched the series knowing how it would end—an important question considering the global popularity of Gomorrah and the shifting viewing practices of millions of fans who do not have immediate access to the product. It notes how Gomorrah 3 ticks all of the boxes essential to creating the serial perpetrator identikit, before concluding by meditating upon the ramifications of Marco D’Amore’s ascension from actor interpreting leading antihero Ciro di Marzio to one of the four directors of forthcoming episodes of Gomorrah 4. The chapter concludes by underlining that Sky and Netflix are successful in producing local content with an appeal to global audiences through featuring likable criminal antiheroes. They also added their own twist in a focus on conventionally physically attractive perpetrators who are engaged in factually based criminal acts. Italy’s most popular, exported series feature alluring and attractive criminal antiheroes, and offer fictionalized accounts of historical events or figures. Sky and Netflix series highlight the routine violence in the mafia, the police force, and the political sphere, while rendering that violence, and its perpetrators, worthy of sympathy. Italian broadcasters have made an international name for themselves in presenting Italian tragedy in formats that are visually pleasurable and, for many across the globe, highly addictive.


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

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