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The Ultimate Analysis of ‘The Sopranos’

Hear an interpretation of Tony Soprano’s dreams, the show’s controversial finale, and of course, those friggin' ducks

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Listen to the ultimate guide to ‘The Sopranos’ on today’s episode of the Culture Creature podcast. Listen to the episode via the player above or in your podcast provider of choice. We’ll investigate The Sopranos meaning, its themes, and its history. Warning: spoilers ahead.

You’ll hear analysis of the following subjects:

  • The creative team behind The Sopranos were masterful in their portrayal of dreams. Dream sequences on this show seemed to capture the actual experience of dreaming. We’ll interpret Tony Soprano’s dreams, including an in-depth analysis of the dreams (and the fish) in the Season 2 finale, ‘Funhouse.’
  • We’ll analyze the show’s references to the history of mafia cinema. Why did The Sopranos make dozens of overt nods to The Godfather, Goodfellas, and The Public Enemy? We’ll take a look at the use of intertextuality on the show.
  • The Sopranos had one of the most controversial series finales in television history. Does Tony Soprano die? Why do we see Meadow parking her car, and who was the guy in the Members Only jacket? We’ll analyze the final scene, and hear what David Chase and Michael Imperioli had to say about it.
  • Does The Sopranos jump the shark? We’ll take a look at some key moments of the show, including ‘Johnny Cakes’, the death of Adriana La Cerva, and more.
  • You’ll learn about gabbagool, ‘ugatz,’ Uncle Junior’s glasses, filming Livia Soprano, Martin Scorcese’s ‘cameo,’ and those friggin’ ducks.

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Bibliography for ‘The Ultimate Analysis of The Sopranos’:

  1. Vanity Fair: ‘The Family Hour: An Oral History of The Sopranos’
  2. The Independent: ‘The Sopranos and Goodfellas shared 27 actors’
  3. Directors Guild of America: ‘This Magic Moment’
  4. ‘Sopranos Behind-The-Scenes,’ dir. Sandy Oliveri
  5. The Chicago Tribune: ‘How Livia Was Able To Return This Season’ 
  6. James Gandolfini: Tribute To A Friend

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