House of Gucci, the review of Ridley Scott’s film with Lady Gaga

“Print the legend”, that is, “Print the legend”. With this famous line, the epochal western “The Man Who Killed Liberty Valance” ends. And even if House of Gucci is not set in the far west, for its 27th Ridley Scott consciously chooses to rewrite reality In adapting the book “House of Gucci. A true story of fashion, greed, crime “. written by Sara Gay Forden, the 84-year-old director enjoys mixing up the cards. Like a magician, the filmmaker transforms the crime story into a sardanapalesque and audacious telenovela. In short, the respectful and respectful biopic does not live here, in this flamboyant melò in a pop sauce. Love and death embrace each other in this dizzying and elegant macabre dance that plays with the clichés of the Bel Paese; so much so that the film is performed in English with an Italian-American accent and with the use of and some Italian words.

House of Gucci, a family business

Against the backdrop of a Milan to drink that digest everything, the Florentine atelier is transfigured into a House of “Game of Thrones”, in a Shakespearean tragedy, in a “Godfather” style saga. Relatives change into snakes. Fathers, sons, brothers, wives challenge each other with deceptions, stamped papers and lawyers to be able to sit on the Game of Thrones of Haute Couture and bring the brand back to the luster of the past. But Patrizia Reggiani goes beyond warnings and notarial deeds. Because we’re talking about an inheritance worth killing for. Ça va sans dire, Gucci is a sweet, seductive sounding name. A brand that is synonymous with wealth, style, power. But the name Gucci is also a curse. And sometimes, the concept that family comes first can backfire on your own family. Because if wisdom is in the blood, money is not.

House of Gucci, love and death between Lady Gaga and Adam Driver

“Every new fashion is a refusal to inherit, it is a subversion against the oppression of the old fashion; fashion is lived as a right, the natural right of the present over the past. ” In House of Gucci, Patrizia Reggiani takes this aphorism by Roland Barthes very seriously. Rightly nominated for a Golden Globe, as best actress Lady Gaga, once again proves her versatility. Bold, when she writes her phone number with lipstick on the glass of Maurizio Gucci’s scooter, fabulous in a white garter belt when flirting on the office desk with her husband, the pop star is the highlight of the film, and undoubtedly the most good of all the cast. In short, pure dynamite. Likewise, in part, Adam Driver. With the important eyewear, which has always been a distinctive feature of Maurizio Gucci, the actor fits perfectly into the role of the scion who loses the trebizond for this Elizabeth Taylor made in Italy.

House of Gucci, the rest of the cast

Jared Leto’s performance is the one that most divided the critics. Not much is known about what Paolo Gucci really was like. Of course, the use of the “Boof” interlayer to testify to one’s dissatisfaction, the passion for pastel colors coordinated with brown, the love for pigeons, make the character a sort of gaudy fool sHakespearean, overwhelmed by its own ambitions. Paolo’s father is played by Al Pacino, who cloaks the figure of Aldo Gucci in a coté halfway between “The Godfather” and “Dinasty”, while Jeremy Irons, in the role of patriarch Rodolfo, father of Maurizio and brother of Aldo he is a kind of mourning King Lear, clouded by the cinematic memorabilia of his deceased wife. Finally, Salma Hayek, ugly for script reasons, is Giuseppina Auriemma, called “Pina”, the sorceress, in reality condemned because she was considered an intermediary between Patrizia Reggiani and the killer of Maurizio Gucci.

House of Gucci, an overwhelming soundtrack

Between effective screenwriting inventions, such as the gold leaf inserted inside the moccasin worn by Clark Gable in the film “Mogambo” and bizarre location choices (why shoot in the very Roman Piazza Mincio, complete with a frog fountain, some sequences of death di Maurizio which took place in Milan in via Palestro?), House of Gucci delights us with a truly heterogeneous soundtrack. They range from the carefree “The girl in the sweater” by Pino Donaggio to the hieratic “Chorus with closed mouth” by Madama Butterfly. In between there is space for Bruno Lauzi’s “Ritornerai” and Eurythmics’ “Here Comes The Rain Again”, and between Blondie’s “Hearth Glass” and David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes.” The film ends with “Baby Can I Hold You Tonight ”sung by Tracy Chapman & Luciano Pavarotti”. The Italian tenor intones the lines “Forgive me: It’s a word you never say”.

It is known that the Gucci family has not forgiven Ridley Scott for this family portrait in hell ”. We will see what happens with the public. However, if you are not looking for a truthful docu-drama, but a sophisticated soap-opera that centrifuges luxury with camp, entertainment is guaranteed.