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A woman recounts the lifelong friendship and conflicts with a girl she met at primary school in Naples during the early 1950s.
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'My Brilliant Friend' Review: 'The Betrayal' Is This Season's Darkest Hour Yet

Nearly every moment of “The Betrayal,” from the unstable Dutch angles of the cinematography to Max Richter’s chilling score, is building up to the episode’s final third like a horror movie. “My Brilliant Friend” has been operating on this track all season, with morbid flourishes in the visuals and sound design mounting toward an awful inevitability. Directed by Alice Rohrwacher, this episode is the season’s darkest and strongest hour yet. This week, that came on the shoulders of a cast-aside Lenu (Margherit... more Comments

'My Brilliant Friend' Review: Episode 2 Queries a Woman's Place in the Social Order

Get married. Have a baby. Raise the children. Please the husband. Die. This is the cycle of life as laid out to the women in the world of the 1950s as depicted by “My Brilliant Friend,” and the dreary cadence against which the newly married Lila (Gaia Girace) is now rebelling. In this season, that rebellion culminates in the cunning Lila’s most visceral act of vengeance yet: the violent defamation of her wedding portrait. Jumping back a bit, Lila has made it clear to Lenu (... more Comments

HBO's 'My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name': TV Review

Three episodes into “My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name” comes a scene as lovely and understated as it is pointed and bruising, a combination in which the show specializes, especially in this second season. Elena (Margherita Mazzucco), nervous about going to a party at her intimidating professor’s house, rifles through the lavish closet of her best friend, Lila (Gaia Girace). As she searches for a suitable outfit, she flicks past all of Lila’s louder dresses as Lila... more Comments

'My Brilliant Friend' Team on Expanding the Scope and Vision of Season 2

In venturing out of the Luzzatti quarter of Naples where most of the first season of “My Brilliant Friend” is set, the second season, subtitled “The Story of a New Name,” breaks new ground in several ways that are key to understanding the show’s overall vision and ambitious aesthetic scope. The eight new episodes based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling “Neapolitan Novels” debut March 16 in the U.S. and sees the tale evolve on many levels as the f... more Comments

TV News Roundup: Jen Tullock, Zach Cherry Join Apple TV Plus Cast of 'Severance'

CASTINGS Jen Tullock and Zach Cherry will join Patricia Arquette, Adam Scott and Britt Lower in Apple TV Plus’ new workplace thriller, “Severance.” Tullock (“Before You Know It,” “Partners”) will star as Devon, sister of Mark (Scott), while Cherry (“You,” “Crashing,” “I Feel Bad”) will portray one of Mark’s employees named Dylan. Wr... more Comments

After 'My Brilliant Friend,' Italy's Wildside Ramps Up High-End Production (Exclusive)

After scoring a coup with the TV adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend,” and with projects such as Paolo Sorrentino’s “The New Pope” and Oscar-nominated director Pawel Pawlikowski’s next film in the pipeline, Italy’s Wildside is in a pretty brilliant spot. Ten years after being co-founded by producers Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli, the shingle is expanding its international footprint and is on its way toward becoming, as Mieli puts it, “a home for big auteurs, both directors and writers…who can ... more Comments

'My Brilliant Friend' Scores Brilliant Ratings at Home

With its international rollout well underway, the critically acclaimed TV series “My Brilliant Friend,” based on the first of Italian author Elena Ferrante’s bestselling “Neapolitan Novels,” is scoring strong ratings at home in Italy, and is also playing well in the U.S. and U.K. The show, which explores the bounds of female friendship, is being hailed as a milestone in Italian television following its primetime premiere Nov. 27 on pubcaster RAI, which earned ab... more Comments

"My Brilliant Friend" Renewed for Season 2 at HBO

HBO and Italy’s RAI have renewed the Elena Ferrante adaptation “My Brilliant Friend” for a second season, the two companies announced on Tuesday. The Italian-language drama is set to conclude its eight-episode first season later this month, while the second outing is to be based on “The Story of a New Name,” the second book in Ferrante’s series. “We’re thrilled that Elena Ferrante’s epic story has resonated so powerfully with viewers and critics, and we look forward to the continuin... more Comments

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