Trailer: ‘House of Gucci’ Recounts One of the Last Great Scandals of the 20th Century
That Ridley Scott is so busy at 83 years old is admirable on the most basic level, as he could certainly point to Alien and Blade Runner (the original, that is) and remind us that he really owes us nothing more than that. Yet that the pair of films he will deliver in 2021 are so plainly morality tales just may suggest that he is using his craft to get his ideological house in order, as he considers the inevitability of earthly mortality.
In theaters this October will be The Last Duel, a medieval (true) story of the recklessness of men, and the price women ultimately pay for it (some things never do change, unfortunately). The following month, the unambiguously titled House of Gucci arrives on the big screen (via MGM), as a vivid reminder of how reliably power does indeed corrupt. Adam Driver stars in both, and in the latter he plays Maurizio Gucci, grandson of the founder of the exalted Italian fashion house, who was gunned down by a hired hit man at his office in Milan in 1995, aged just 46. His wife, Patrizia Reggiani, spent eighteen years in prison for ordering the kill, finally being released in 2016.
Lady Gaga plays Reggiani, and in the first trailer she unfortunately comes off as considerably hamming it up (all apologies, but she’s a far better entertainer than an actor). But the rest of the totally awesome cast suggests all manner of pre-Internet, Eurotrashy fun and intrigues, with Al Pacino as Uncle Aldo, Salma Hayek as Giuseppina Auriemma (sentenced to 26 years for her part in arranging the hit), a weary looking Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci, and a completely unrecognizable Jared Leto as the controversial Paolo Gucci, who also died in 1995 – of liver failure – with apparently $90 million in debt.
If the trailer is any indication, House of Gucci seems to be Gaga’s movie, which is a shame, because Driver would surely have carried it with more authority. Still and all, with Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ soundtracking, the 2:09 teaser does promise a deliciously glamorous romp through one of the last great scandals of the 20th Century.
“It’s time to take out the trash,” insists Gaga’s Reggiani to Maurizio. “But they are my family,” comes the astonished reply from her husband.
It wasn’t easy being a Gucci.