Holsten’s holds a special place in the history of the Sopranos. Just like Bada Bing, the strip club where the characters meet, or Satriale’s, the butcher where they do their business, the ice cream shop appears several times. That’s where the enigmatic final sequence takes place, when Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and their children Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) and Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) gather to enjoy a meal, while Tony’s future is more uncertain than ever.
When David Chase, the showrunner of The Sopranos, decides to offer the series a film whose action would take place in the past, logically, Holsten’s is again exploited. A way to definitively anchor the story of Tony Soprano in this place of greed, embodying in many ways the innocence of childhood and the simple pleasures of life. Director Alan Taylor’s team doesn’t have to make many changes to bring the restaurant-glacier back to the 1970s. The decoration, unchanged for decades, is already perfect. Only the surroundings are “made up” to make the illusion credible. It is thus at Holsten’s that Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), the real main character of the film, gives Tony Soprano a meeting to talk about his future.
Only Michael Gandolfini, here entrusted with the delicate mission of playing a younger version of the character made mythical by his father James Gandolofini, is brought to shoot within the richly decorated walls of Holsten’s. The sequence is one of the last of Many Saints of Newark. A film whose title refers directly to the main character of the script. “Many saints” translates into Italian as “molit santi”. Carried by characters set to be at the center of the DiMeo family saga in The Sopranos, such as Livia Soprano (Vera Farmiga), Tony’s mother, Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri (Billy Magnussen), Corrado “Junior” Soprano Jr. (Corey Stoll), Silvio Dante (John Magaro) and Salvatore “Pussy” Bonpensiero (Samson Moeakiola), Many Saints of Newark stands out as a violent chronicle of a troubled era, a brilliant introduction to one of the most important works on American television. A work with the aftertaste of home-made ice cream.
Alan Taylor, the director of Many Saints of Newark, directed nine episodes of The Sopranos.
Holsten's Ice Cream
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By Gilles Rolland
Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.
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