The filming location is the Lake Como estate – DIRT

Some stories seem just tailor-made for the screen! This is the case of “House of Gucci”, the new drama directed by Ridley Scott and released in theaters last week. As the title of Sara Gay Forden’s 2000 book “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Tale of Murder, Madness, Glamor and Greed, on which the film is based, the true crime tale has all the necessary elements of a gripping drama! Detailing the 1995 murder of luxury fashion label heir Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) at the hands of his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli (Lady Gaga), the premise is honestly stranger than fiction. Yet somehow it took Hollywood over 25 years to take notice!

Although former Gucci Creative Director Tom Ford, who was at the forefront of the events surrounding the murder and knew all the key players, alludes to the fact that much of the on-screen storyline is fabricated in his recent review for Air Mail, writing: “As with most films based on a true story, the facts are changed, the characters are exaggerated, the timelines are distorted,” the main frame of the case seems to have been largely kept intact. The sordid story begins in 1972, the year Maurizio and Patrizia got married and began to enjoy what everyone agreed was a whirlwind lifestyle, inhabiting a penthouse at the luxurious Olympic Tower in New York, drink and dine with all the movers and shakers of the day (including John and Jacqueline Kennedy), on vacation in St. Moritz and sailing on their 65-meter yacht, Creole. The press even began to call Reggiani “Lady Gucci”.

But by 1983, things had turned sour and Maurizio ended the relationship rather bluntly two years later when he left on an alleged business trip and enlisted a friend to break up with Patrizia on his behalf. The fashion mogul then joined model-turned-interior designer Paolo Franchi, a longtime friend, moved him into his luxury apartment in Milan, much to Reggiani’s chagrin. When we talked about marrying Franchi, an act that would have halved Patrizia’s child support to $ 860,000 (an amount it was equivalent to “a bowl of lentils”), she decided to take action by paying a hitman $ 300,000 to shoot her ex on March 27, 1995, a year after their divorce was finalized. Far from the perfect crime, it didn’t take long for authorities to focus on Patrizia as the prime suspect and she was arrested, along with four cohorts, on January 31, 1997.

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