Violence and Therapy in The Sopranos
The first scene of The Sopranos episode ‘Amour Fou’ shows Carmela (Edie Falco) and Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), wife and daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) looking at paintings in the Brooklyn Museum of Art.³ The first shot after the title sequence shows a close-up of Carmela’s hand holding a handbag, with a large ring prominent on her finger. The camera pulls back revealing the open space of the gallery as Carmela walks between black sculptures towards her daughter. We can hear music that is not part of this world, but appropriate to the rarefied setting; it is an aria, 'Sposa son disprezzata' sung by Cecilia Bartoli. 4 In long shot, as Carmela reaches Meadow, we hear her ask, 'Do you have a tampon?', before there is a cut to a close-up of the couple as she says, 'I'm spotting.' This opening shot is a good example of the art of The Sopranos.
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