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In an unstable South American country, capable Nostromo, a person of trust and a legend among his shipmates... See more »
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 (Series Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Alastair Reid 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joseph Conrad  novel
John Hale 

Produced by
Fernando Ghia .... producer
Maurizio Mattei .... associate producer
James Ordonez .... assistant producer
Michael Wearing .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
Film Editing by
Frances Parker 
Production Design by
Francesco Bronzi 
François de Lamothe 
Art Direction by
Massimo Razzi 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
Production Management
George Adams .... pre-production supervisor (1996)
Andrea Mattei .... production manager (1997)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simone Frattari .... assistant director
Art Department
Sergio Tribastone .... assistant art director (1997)
Sound Department
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer (1996)
Stewart Henderson .... dialogue editor
Ben Norrington .... sound effects editor
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
Alberto Minelli .... special effects
Franco Ragusa .... special effects
Angelo Ragusa .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Canevari .... Steadicam operator
Ivan Casalgrandi .... assistant camera (1997)
Francesca D'Antoni .... assistant camera (1996)
Francesco Di Giacomo .... assistant camera
Ernesto Natoli .... assistant camera (1996)
Alexander Reid .... clapper loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alma Barbieri .... head cutter
Editorial Department
Jackie Vance .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor (1996) (uncredited)
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator (1996) (uncredited)
Marco Streccioni .... music engineer (1996) (uncredited)
Marco Streccioni .... music mixer (1996) (uncredited)
Other crew
Emilia Costa .... production coordinator
Livia Giuggioli .... production assistant
Laura Julian .... production representative: BBC
Gaia Marotta .... production secretary
Roberto Ornaro .... production auditor
Franco Penna .... production accountant
Luciano Tartaglia .... production accountant (1996)
Luciano Tartaglia .... assistant accountant (1996) (uncredited)

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Over 5 hours of brilliant film-making: it is time it was shown again, 29 December 2001
Author: Keith F. Hatcher from La Rioja, Spain

Konrad Korzeniowski came out of Poland and from Marseille began a sailor's life on merchant ships, surviving shipwreck, pirates and all the pains and glories of an adventurous seafaring life. After 15 years of this he settled in London and began writing novels. What kind of English he picked up by crews made up of Filipinos, Galicians, Greeks, Italians, Chinese, Indonesians and so on, might be anybody's guess: however, reading his novels you find his command of English is absolute, as well as his ability to paint real characters with all the fears and hates and loves and feelings in general, together with a philosophical pattern which holds his `yarns' together, such that all his novels are considered modern classics. Among them two stand out as being among the mightiest achievements in English-language literature: Lord Jim and Nostromo.

Joseph Conrad's character `Nostromo' was an Italian working as a jetty foreman in a port in South America. Throughout more than 450 pages Conrad builds up an incredible portrait of this man, interweaving all the other characters around him. Conrad's art is to tell an adventure story but with high quality literature that has never been surpassed in this genre. It is as if he had applied the art of writers like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in his work, so profound he is. The novel `Nostromo' is a cathedral in English-language literature.

Fortunately, when four European TV Film companies got together, helped by a Boston station, to turn this magnificent novel into a TV series, they were up to the mark. A huge production, beautifully made, definitely worthy of the great novel. Filmed around Cartagena de las Indias, which is more or less spot on where Conrad put it, superb cinematography, excellent acting from everyone, all directed unerringly by Alistair Reid, puts this mini-series in a special category. Not since `Marco Polo' (1982) (qv) had a European production reached such magnificence. And once again, Ennio Morricone puts the final touch with his wonderful music.

Special mention for Claudio Amendola as Nostromo, and of course Lothaire Decoud, Claudia Cardinale and Albert Finney are all excellent – as is the rest of the cast. But in this great work nothing was done by halves: BBC, RAI and TVE have combined to give all the authenticity of the novel's multi-racial setting.

`Nostromo' sits in pride of place in my video collection.

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