A romance that turns into a bloody detective story. The film “House of Gucci” takes us to the world of intrigue, betrayal and dark secrets of the Gucci family. Ridley Scott is responsible for directing, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. The premiere is planned for the 100th anniversary of the Italian fashion house. The first posters depicting the main characters of the production hit the network.
A short story of love and crime
In 1973 – right after graduating from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan – 25-year-old Maurizio Gucci, grandson of the founder of the famous fashion house, married one of the most phenomenal students of the university, Patrizia Reggiani. The girl quickly won the heart of Maurizio’s father, Rudolf Gucci, and became a press favorite. Her confession has gone down in history: – I’d rather cry in a Rolls-Royce than be happy on a bike. Legends said that she spent 14,000 on orchids alone. dollars per month.
The idyll did not last long. In 1983, a regular war broke out in the family. After Rudolfo’s death, Maurizio received a majority stake in the company, removed his relatives from the board and began a series of changes. He was at home less often. After returning from another business trip, he announced that he was leaving for his mistress. During the court battle, Patrizia won alimony in the amount of 500,000. dollars a year – a considerable amount, but not for a woman who “has so far had assets worth several hundred such payments,” as she sobbed in interviews. On the news of the planned wedding of her ex-husband, she went to a friend of the clairvoyant Giuseppina Auriemma. With her help, she hired three men who shot Maurizio in 1995 before entering his office in Milan.
Investigators searched for the culprit for two years until they found a trail that led them to Patrizia’s door. The “Black Widow” – as journalists called her – was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Giuseppina, called the “Black Witch”, for 25 years. In 2007, Reggiani received an offer of parole, provided she finds employment. – I’ve never worked a single day in my life and neither am I now She thundered. She eventually left the prison in 2016 for good behavior.
The main storyline will be the fall of the Gucci dynasty after 1995. The photos from the set of “House of Gucci” show that we will see all the faces of Patrizia on the screen – from the eccentric salon lion, to the schemer, to the avenger. The timeframe will therefore cover the early 1970s all the way to the first decade of the 21st century.
The main roles are starring Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”, “Silence”) as Maurizio Gucci and Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”, “American Horror Story”) as Patrizia Reggiani. Her partner in crime is played by Salma Hayek (“Frida”, “Desperado”). Rodolfo Gucci, the father of Maurizio, is played by Jeremy Irons (“Lolita”, “Scar”), and his uncle Aldo – titled by John F. Kennedy “Italy’s first ambassador to the United States,” Al Pacino (“Scarface” “, “The Godfather”). In addition to them, we will see Jared Leto (Paolo Gucci, Maurizia’s cousin), Florence Andrews (Jenny, Paola’s wife) and Camille Cottin (Paola Franchi, Maurizia’s lover).
Robert Bentivegna (“The Last Man in Brooklyn”) wrote the screenplay for the film based on Sara Gay Forden’s book “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamor, and Greed” from 2000. Ridley Scott (“Martjanin”, “Hannibal”) is responsible for directing, and Polish cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, nominated for an Oscar for “News from the world”, for cinematography. The greatest emotions are evoked by Lady Gaga’s spectacular metamorphosis. The chestnut tapir and glossy lips highlighted with a nude lip liner are the work of the makeup duo Frederic Aspiras and Sarah Tanno. Behind the cherry ski suit, monumental mink fur or Patrizia’s caramel dress is costume designer Janty Yates, who previously worked with Scott on “Gladiator”.
Place of action
House of Gucci is shot in Italy. Work began in Rome, from where it moved to the Gressoney ski resort in the Peni Alps. This is where the first official photo from the set was made. The film crew was also seen on the streets of Milan and Florence. Nothing is impossible with Reggiani. Perhaps the creators will take us on a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea on the 200-meter yacht of Patrizia or for a quick shopping trip on Fifth Avenue.
House of Gucci was to be built earlier
The Gucci Dynasty movie project has been in Ridley Scott’s drawer for the past 15 years. In 2006, the director planned to shoot with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the lead roles. Later, the involvement of Margot Robbie was considered and Penélope Cruz, who would eventually play the role of a member of another Italian family – Donatella Versace in “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Versace.”
The creators hope that if the epidemiological situation stabilizes, the production will go on screens as early as November this year, on the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Gucci fashion house.