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On Locations: Lessons Learned from My Life on Set with ‘The Sopranos’ and in the Film Industry

Steerforth Feb. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781586423803. $25. TV
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.amine worked, principally as location manager, on all seven seasons of The Sopranos. He’s also an Emmy and Golden Globe Award–winning executive producer of The White Lotus. His modest memoir primarily details his life when he worked on The Sopranos. Being a location manager requires quick decisions, and not everyone he worked with was easy to get along with. He describes intense periods of working on the series, alternating with months of under- or unemployment between seasons. Readers learn something but not a lot about The Sopranos producer/writer David Chase (whom Kamine describes as a genius but no one to cross) and the show’s actors. Kamine says that Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, and Drea de Matteo were great to work with, and he portrays James Gandolfini as a great actor but one whose stress about the series weighed on him. Kamine wasn’t buddies with any of them, but he shows himself to be an observant and collegial colleague.
VERDICT This tale will grab readers from the first to the last page. It’s an interesting take on what went into making The Sopranos, the Rolls Royce of cable TV.
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