HagensBing1977 wrote:Disagree, disagree, disagree. Those tv and movie that we see the characters watching inevitably give us some underlying subtext regarding what is going on in that episode. From the Public Enemy (the gangster movie not the rap group) film, to the World War II documentaries, to the President Lincoln biography, to Casablanca, to the latest John Wayne flick- they ALL give us Chase's interpretations of the emotion going on. Even when Tony was watching the Western in one of his dreams, Carmella asked if that show is more interesting than real-life.
I think you're right, consigliere. The Sopranos episodes are crafted and shot like little movies/portions of a larger movie, not 3-camera sitcoms. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, that is in those shots that is an accident, especially the other media like books, films, and music. Now, are some of them there more for general atmosphere than direct interpretation? Yes, of course. But their selection/placement is never accidental.