The "Commissario Brunetti" books have never been translated into Italian at the request of Ms. Leon, so it also seems reasonable that she did not want any Italian actors in the movies.
The actors try hard to play their Italian parts, but they remain German or Austrian. There is enough local colour of Venice to make up for it. And never mind the missing Italian actors: the "Donna Leon" movies are nicely made and guarantee ninety minutes of suspense and good entertainment.
We'll never find out the difference between a German and a truly Italian version.
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