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How Pablo Escobar’s Legacy of Violence Drives Today’s Cartel Wars

September 29, 2015
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Steve Murphy, among others, is interviewed.

The subsequent episodes are after the jump.

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  1. September 30, 2015 2:05 am

    The Art of the Title has an interview with the creators of Narcos, focused especially on the intro sequence.

    “…The title sequence is our passport into the sordid, seductive world of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, offering a tantalizing glimpse at the life of the notorious “King of Cocaine” and a peek inside the international effort to bring down his multi-billion dollar enterprise. The opening is also the story of cocaine itself — the narcotic that built Escobar’s empire — and the wealth, power, glamour, violence, and death that always seems to accompany it. Hero to some, villain to many more, the effects of Escobar’s reign are still felt to this day, making the opening feel all the more relevant and vital.

    Created by DK’s Los Angeles studio, the Narcos opener is a brilliant blend of past and present, combining archival photos and footage — some taken by Escobar’s actual family photographer “El Chino” — with a clean, sans-serif typeface and recreations of early ’80s espionage and excess. Capped off with stunning aerial shots of Bogotá and a portentous burning automobile, Amarante’s stirring ballad plays on, promising more and more and more.”

    http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/narcos/

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