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La danza del gabbiano 

Fazio is missing and everything points to a fatal outcome. Salvo shows his deep caring for his team and is devastated; yet pursues relentlessly to find out what happened and who is behind. ... See full summary »

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Commissario Salvo Montalbano
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Mimì Augello
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Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio
Angelo Russo ...
Agente Catarella
Ilenia Maccarrone ...
Angela
Alfredo Libassi ...
Vittorio Carmona
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Nicolò Zito
Marcello Perracchio ...
Dottor Pasquano
Monica Dugo ...
Signora Manzella
Morgana Gargiulo ...
Giovanna Lonero
Ornella Giusto ...
Signora Sinagra
Davide Lo Verde ...
Agente Galluzzo
Raniela Ragonese ...
Moglie di Enzo
Raimondo Todaro ...
agente Sassu
Marco Paolo Tucci ...
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Fazio is missing and everything points to a fatal outcome. Salvo shows his deep caring for his team and is devastated; yet pursues relentlessly to find out what happened and who is behind. After we learn about deeper implications of powerful players. Montalbano at his best perceiving what's behind the scenes and unexpected situations. Finally Salvo plays it masterly with his superiors forcing a tight conclusion and the scene where he physically expresses his satisfaction must be an all time classic. Written by L Medici

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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21 March 2011 (Italy)  »

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Gaffe : about 61:45 mins in, Montalbano enters the attic room where Fazio has been recently moved and utters "Peppino." Fazio's character's first name is Guiseppe. The actor's real name is Peppino! See more »

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Classic 'Inspector Montalbano'
17 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Love detective mystery dramas, particularly those from the UK and US ('Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Foyle's War', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Midsomer Murders', 'Law and Order', 'Criminal Minds', 'Monk' and 'Murder She Wrote' for examples,, and non-English/American ones (i.e. The Swedish 'Wallander' and the Danish 'The Killing') also fascinate me.

'Inspector Montalbano' is one of the best and most entertaining examples. It is not easy breathing freshness into a well-worn genre but 'Inspector Montalbano' manages to do so with aplomb. Watching 'Inspector Montalbano' is like eating a delicious Italian meal that immensely satisfies and leaves you wanting more. There may be very familiar tropes, but in a way it's inevitable and doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all.

While there are many wonderful episodes of 'Inspector Montalbano', and even the weakest episodes up to this point in the show were still very good, "The Gull's Dance" is up there with the classics.

One always expects 'Inspector Montalbano' to look good. As always with 'Inspector Montalbano', "The Gull's Dance" is beautifully shot and the scenery is stunning, making those who've never been to Italy want to book a holiday there as soon as possible and is a treat for anybody who loves all things Italian. The scenery as always is atmospheric and the use of it very clever. The music is never over-bearing or low-key with a nice atmosphere and flavour, a lot of it is very cleverly used. The sound effects are remarkably authentic.

As ever, loved the mix of humour (almost all from Montalbano, particularly the scenes agreed with the fish soup and the transvestite affair revelation), tension (this is one of the most tense 'Inspector Montalbano' episodes, nail-biting even) and drama (the concern for Fazio is very believable and touching and the Montalbano and nurse subplot was a nice touch if perhaps the least interesting element of the episode, only because the rest of the episode is so wonderful).

Loved the story too in "The Gull's Dance". It is always compelling, very tense, tightly plotted and never illogical, despite some of it being complex.

Characters may be stereotypes but well-written ones, especially one of the most fascinating foreign detective mystery dramas titular characters there is to me and this is the most interesting and easiest to root for Fazio has been up to this point in the show.

Acting is terrific, especially from Luca Zingaretti who is a treasure in the title role, having a perfect balance of comedy and drama and playing it straight while always engaging with his material. Peppino Mazzotta successfully allows one to hope that Fazio is okay.

In conclusion, an 'Inspector Montalbano' classic. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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