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Alessandro Preziosi ...
 Commissario Achille De Luca (4 episodes, 2008)
Corrado Fortuna ...
 Leopoldo Pugliese (4 episodes, 2008)
Rolando Ravello ...
 Roberto Rassetto (3 episodes, 2008)
Raffaella Rea ...
 Valeria Suvich (2 episodes, 2008)
Angelica Leo ...
 Graziella (2 episodes, 2008)
Mino Manni
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A historical perspective
1 May 2014 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Cosy detective dramas, with their cast of regular characters and improbably complex murders, are a staple of television everywhere; and in the search of some (mostly tame) variety, writers have tried historical as well as contemporary settings. 'Inspector de Luca' is such a series, with its setting in mid 20th century Italy. What raises it above the ordinary is that the scenario is not static: each of this four part series occurs in a different place and time, and the career of the titular Inspector unfolds against a backdrop of the rise and fall of fascism, and the subsequent evolution of postwar politics. The political portrait is not especially insightful (de Luca himself is apolitical, and there's a general message that all power corrupts), but nonetheless, its still interesting to see the mechanics of a detective drama worked out against different backgrounds, and the hero is not all-powerful in the contexts in which he has to work. The formula cannot, one presumes, be extended indefinitely; but with each episode offering something new, the series brings something absent from the predictable repetitiveness of most detective dramas.


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