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To think back to the start

at the beginning of the 90s, the sass, the US film-maker David Chase on the plane. The screens Pretty Woman ' with Julia Roberts and Chase was horrified. The prostitute is the Cinderella and the Free a fairy-tale Prince? "Everybody laughed," he said about the experience, "but I found this neither funny nor exciting, but thought to myself, if that's what you want, I can throw myself out of the plane."

Chase had written to this point in time, quite a few decades TV-shows , such as "the Rockford files" artificial characters, artificial dialogues on their artificial gym body. The discrepancy between the reality of the people and of the cotton candy world of Film and TV Studios was, in his opinion, in no country is it so blatant as in the USA.

you had to turn it on only for five minutes "Baywatch" and "Beverly Hills 90210" or "Pretty Woman". Chase was already the beginning of 50, and not expected to be in his Job happy. But to be asked to his own surprise, a producer for the "Pretty Woman"experience, if he doesn't want to think of a completely different series for him.

cultural revolution

20 years ago – on 10. January 1999 – the first episode of the "Sopranos" at HBO, it was aired, nobody could have guessed what should instigate a cultural revolution, he. The somewhat pale, luxury neglected series junkie, go back to Jogging, is definitely a product of that addictive series substance, the David Chase with the mafia don brought the series for the first time in the fully stretched Form.

The tragicomedy of the mafia boss, Tony Soprano, is driven by scheming gangsters, his pubescent children, and his hysterical mother because of panic attacks, the psychiatrist, was at that time already good. But it was only with the distance of two decades: Chase Would not have had the courage to turn this series, would our entertainment industry and our Netflix-everyday life today is different. The success of serial shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "Babylon Berlin", but also the success of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime would be without a "Sopranos" would be unthinkable.

on the opening credits, the showed. You can see the godfather, Tony Soprano in the car through the Lincoln Tunnel, New York disappears in the rear mirror, in front of him, the Suburbs of New Jersey. This was true in the TV world in the year 1999 as a mistaken provocation, because it is the wrong direction, in which the man drove. Most of the TV producers were of the opinion that the average viewer lived moron anyway in the suburbs. Which is why you must show him in the evening, where he loans for cars and stereo equipment that they sold him in the ad breaks, it would create because of all of the rates are never in the glittering high-rise canyons of Manhattan. Instead, the dirty New Jersey as a place to be, with its Malls and strip clubs along the highway – the sound according to the artistic as commercial suicide for a series.

Instead of radiant heroes, there were a bunch of broken types, which could not sleep.

Just like the man that moved there in the opening credits, behind the wheel sat, and at his cigar: Tony Soprano was an overweight guy with a bald guy, was played by a guy before, hardly a spectator. In the logic of the old TV system it did not have to roll for the main unknown, flabby James Gandolfini used, but a Italo-American George Clooney.

The old TV System required scripts, in which the figures announced, what would you do the same, it did, and afterwards, again, explained what had done it. The stories were adapted to the dramaturgy of the commercial breaks, and if it didn't make someone in a timely manner from the fridge back to the Couch, was explaining to him yet again what had happened. In addition, each episode told a self-contained story with easy-to-digest calendar spell morality, so that the viewers go to bed and by the products from the advertising breaks could dream of. The "Sopranos" were in this logic formally as the content of an imposition.

All of the consequences were of different lengths. Also, there was between the individual and later the total of six seasons of time jumps, in which the characters lived their lives. It happened dispute, and love stories, and deaths, which were not spelled out to the audience. And instead of shining heroes, there were a bunch of broken types, suffering from depression, too much alcohol drinking, and at night could not fall asleep.

psycho-analysis of a country

the highlight of The matter was that the series was sold as a mafia story. But in truth, it was less about the mafia boss Tony Soprano as a man who is having a midlife crisis, and with his Job, his Position as a husband and father and his image of masculinity is at odds. The "Sopranos" portrait of a people, and, ultimately, society as a whole in the identity crisis.

What a writer like J. D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, and Richard Yates, the 20. Century had through done in novels – the psycho-analysis of a country, the American dream mutated into a nightmare, grabbed Chase in a new Form: the television series as a great story of the beginning of the 21st century. Century. The result is devices something egregious was done by the "Sopranos," with the degeneracy of the Couch being in front of the TV: you were allowed to think again.

Like any Revolution, this had its price. For the filming of a series of more than seven were a result of the end of the 90s, rarely, eight days is calculated, and the Budgets were usually in the five-digit range. But the shooting of a single "Sopranos"episode lasted for about 20 days and cost up to $ 10 million per Episode. Whether this effort would really be worthwhile, since Chase was at the beginning but not even sure of yourself. During the shoot of the pilot episode, he asked whether the writing team of "the X-files" was maybe a cookie.

You didn't even have enough time to support all the new shows, which start every week.

But the success soon turned, and the influence of the HBO produced series, went quickly about their a total of 86 episodes were aired until 2007. Not least, it was a kind of Bootcamp for a Golden Mach series generation: writer Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire"), Alan Taylor, Timothy Van Patten, and Jack Bender from the future Director team from "Game of Thrones".

Soon, each of the transmitter and, later, every streaming service has its own epic Series, the man identified only wanted him to do. AMC launched "Breaking Bad," Netflix produced "House of Cards". And that was only the first small wave of the series of Tsunamis that is raging today on the terminals.

For the viewers, this is both a blessing, because the selection is as big today as never before. On the other hand, the Addiction is to substances after a wild Series that started the "Sopranos", is also a curse: Because it is always harder to come up with original content to stand out, to roll over the maker itself with a hair-raising dramatic turns. The number of spectacular Stunts, and sex scenes that would have filled a whole season of "the Sopranos", enough for today, just for an episode of "Game of Thrones".

narrative feeling more and more lost

The Wow-effect of the great series of recent years arose mainly from the fact that the inventor took the time, their stories slowly begin, until they are condensed into a dramatic storm. This epic narrative sense is lost, unfortunately, more and more often in favour of fast blast effects – the artistic Hyperventilating is currently "Maniac" to "Dogs of Berlin".

And as a spectator, it is evident logistical capacity limits. Because you have to work to pay for his Netflix subscription, and because you have to sleep at least a bit, to be able to work, not enough time, as that you could also look at just all of the new series of the week for week start.

20 years after the "Sopranos," it would be nearly time for a new Revolution – at least for a little. David Chase, at least, now 73 years of age,. He wants to produce this year "The Many Saints of Newark", the history of the "Sopranos", a gangster drama during the race of the 60s riots. And not as a sprawling series, but in the good old film format.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 16.01.2019, 18:12 PM

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