Il commissario De Luca: Season 1, Episode 1

Indagine non autorizzata (27 Apr. 2008)

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At the seaside resort of Riccione in 1938 the body of a young prostitute is found on a beach, not far from Mussolini's holiday residence. The local chief of police, terrified that the news ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandro Preziosi ...
Laura Utimperger
Rolando Ravello ...
Corrado Fortuna ...
Bruno Armando ...
Ubaldo Lo Presti ...
Paolo Pierobon
Antonio Conte
Elena Ursitti
Valentina Vacca
Marco Cavicchioli
Stefano Abbati
Samuele Sbrighi


At the seaside resort of Riccione in 1938 the body of a young prostitute is found on a beach, not far from Mussolini's holiday residence. The local chief of police, terrified that the news may become public, attempts to draw the matter to a swift close by charging the woman's pimp with her murder, and earns praise from Il Duce in the process. Written by Anonymous

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22 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is Italy in 1938 and the body of a woman has been discovered on the beach near Mussolini's holiday home. The local police are very keen to wrap it up as quickly as possible. The woman was a prostitute and her pimp is quickly charged and everybody is satisfied… well not quite everybody; Deputy Inspector De Luca does not think he did it. He is ordered to stop the investigation but continues anyway. The trail leads to Count Utimperger and his beautiful wife Laura and De Luca gets involved with the latter. He is clearly playing with fire as they are close to Il Duce; a right move could lead to promotion but a mistake could be fatal.

When I saw this advertised I was intrigued; the idea of a detective show set in a fascist country before the war is something I hadn't seen before. The story is very much based when it is set; Mussolini's presence in the town affects everybody's behaviour and what the police consider acceptable wouldn't be tolerated in a free country. However these details merely add to the story; the investigation is interesting while being similar to most whodunits in many ways; there are a variety of suspects, the investigation buts the protagonist in harm's way and we even have him getting involved with a suspect… details that may seem cliché but they didn't bother me. The acting was solid; Alessandro Preziosi was particularly good as the eponymous Inspector De Luca and Kasia Smutniak was suitably seductive as Laura. Overall this was a fine introduction to the series and I look forward to seeing the rest.

These comments are based on watching the episode in Italian with English subtitles.

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