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[Review] “Treme” season 1 by David Simon and Eric Overmyer

While the second edition of the Séries Mania festival is going on at the Forum des images (Paris, France) since Monday, a very interesting small conference by journalist Pierre Serisier (Le Monde des Séries) on “American History Revisited” has preceded the projection of the excellent pilot of the American series by David Simon and Eric Overmyer: Treme season 1.

History has always held an important place in the world of series by the possibility to tell it on several episodes like chapters in a book. It is in this context that fits the work of David Simon. Known for the series The Wire (2002-2008), often regarded as the best serie, he gets into the habit of collecting a lot of materials about subjects and places where politics has failed. Iraq (Generation Kill, 2008) and Baltimore (The Wire), his fictions, near to a work of a journalist, denounces harsh realities — see the reaction of the Police Commissioner of Baltimore on The Baltimore Sun. So it is with great interest that we have discovered the pilot of his new serie of ten episodes of Treme season 1 on Treme, district of the city of New Orleans, three months after Hurricane Katrina. By choosing to place ourselves directly in the middle of residents, musicians (jazz, blues, brass band), traditional festivals (Mardi Gras Indians), David Simon, with Eric Overmyer (The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Criminal Intent), succeeds again to make us feel the heart of this neighborhood (Treme), of this city (New Orleans), of this region (Louisiana) which is still beating after the disaster.

Note that a second season of the series is scheduled in the United States on April 24, 2011 on HBO.

En savoir plus:

  • Séries Mania 2011 will take place from April 11 to 17 at the Forum des images (Paris, France)
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