I also discovered that the muted colors and straight lines of the city underlined the violence that appears again and again in the two episodes, each aggressive act that takes place in a new scenario. What did you think of the violence? Did you find it too heavy?
Barone The violence felt heavy. I went back to reading the parts of the book that correspond to these first episodes, and Ferrante mentions the beatings, no matter how severe, just in passing. In the first episode, the attack outside the church against Signor Peluso is prolonged and graphic; On the page, it does not take up more than a couple of disturbing sentences.
STANFORD I think graphic violence really worked. There was something almost ethereal in that scene where he was thrown against the wall and the girls ran out of the church to see. The swollen score of Max Richter, the camera work that emphasizes how little the girls are, their desire to see this really shocking violence, all combined to create an even more powerful moment, I daresay, than in the book. I also believe that the explanation could be a symptom of how the program should set a precedent of normalized violence fairly quickly.
SAFRONOVA What I found surprising, and this is also true in books, is how flagrant is female anger. You see Lenù's mother reprimand her father for not knowing how to beat his daughter. You see the pleased expression on Imma Solara's face when she stands outside her family's bar after they murdered Don Achille. And, of course, you see Melina shooting Lidia, and then throwing her pots, pans and plants out the window while she moans.
Barone Oh, yes, firing explosives in the square. It's an Italian cliché, but for one reason: the story of my immigrant family is that my great-grandmother, who stayed in her small Italian town, lived to be 100 but died only because she fell after screaming at the kitchen window. I appreciate how often Costanzo shows people doing this; you have the impression that the background noise of the vocalizing matriarchs is as constant as the song of a bird. It is one of the many details, such as the distinctive use of the local dialect and the Italian that is not spoken more commonly, which makes me optimistic about how the series will build the worlds of Lenù and Lila as they get older.
STANFORD I could not forget how impressive the two girls are. It seems that both were launched, in part, by his ability to look: Ludovica Nasti (who plays Lila) has these eyes as bright orbs and Elisa of Genius (Lenù) has such long eyelashes. There are many persistent glances when girls try to discover the world around them, and actresses were so adept at conveying complicated emotions without a word, that they made the narrative a bit redundant.