The heirs of the Italian luxury fashion house in the center of “House of Gucci” have publicly criticized the crime drama, saying that the new film inaccurately portrays family members as “thugs”.
The Ridley Scott-directed film starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver tells the story of the 1995 assassination of Maurizio Gucci, the former head of the Gucci fashion house, by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, who was later convicted and sentenced to 29 years. in jail for orchestrating the crime.
In the midst of the press blitz for the film – which is already reaping the Oscar buzz for Gaga’s turn as the not-so-apologetic killer – the heirs of Aldo Gucci, played by Al Pacino in the film, have publicly blown up the project to portray their family “as bullies, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them. ”
In a letter published by the Italian news agency ASNA and translated by Variety, the family claims that the production “did not bother to consult the heirs.” The statement says the film attaches “a tone and an attitude to the protagonists of the well-known events that never belonged to them.”
“Although the work claims to tell the ‘true story’ of the family, the fear raised by the trailers and interviews published so far is confirmed: the film carries a narrative that is far from accurate,” the statement reads. “This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today.”
“This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today.”
– Gucci Family Declaration
The letter goes on to address a problem with how the film portrays gender politics in the company during the 1980s, noting that Gaga’s character is not only painted in the film, but also in statements from cast members as a victim trying to survive in a male and male chauvinistic corporate culture. ”
“This could not be further from the truth,” the statement continues, noting that Gucci was an “inclusive” company in which women held “several top positions, whether they were members of the family or outside it.”
To her presumed relief, the family had no comment on Gaga’s now infamous accent. But they pushed back on how the film glorifies Reggiani: “Even more offensive is the reconstruction, which becomes mystifying almost paradoxically when it reaches the point where it suggests an indulgent tone towards a woman who has finally been convicted of being the initiator. to the assassination of Maurizio Gucci. ”
Gaga has publicly spoken about his decision not to contact Reggiani, who is still alive and well to give interviews to the Italian press about how she got “annoyed” over the pop star’s snub.
“I only felt I could really do this story justice if I approached it with the eyes of a curious woman who was interested in possessing a journalistic spirit so I could read between the lines of what happened in the scenes of the film. . ” Gaga told British Vogue last month. “That means no one would tell me who Patrizia Gucci was. Not even Patrizia Gucci.”
Scott also declined criticism from family members, who spoke against the film April to “steal a family’s identity to make money.”
“I do not engage in it” told the director to BBC Radio. “You have to remember that one Gucci was murdered and another went to jail for tax evasion, so you can not talk to me about making money. As soon as you do, you become part of the public domain.”