How That ‘Many Saints’ Narration Twist Redefines the Relationship at the Heart of ‘The Sopranos’

[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for both “The Sopranos” and “The Many Saints of Newark.”]Christopher Moltisanti haunts Alan Taylor’s “The Many Saints of Newark,” and not just in name (you don’t need to be too familiar with Italian to realize that “Many Saints” translates to “Moltisanti”) but in actual spirit.

The film literally opens in a New Jersey graveyard, one filled with headstones boasting the names of families familiar to any seasoned “Sopranos” watcher, before settling on a discomfitingly familiar face, forever imposed on his own gravestone: Christopher Moltisanti, Aka Chrissy, the son of Dickie Moltisanti, who serves as the film’s leading man (as played by franchise newbie Alessandro Nivola).Voiced by Michael Imperioli, who starred in the original series as the misguided if plucky young mobster, Chrissy guides us through the opening moments of the film — Chrissy! from beyond the grave! — which follows the exploits of his father and a young Tony Soprano

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