“Hibris” was the name that the ancient Greeks gave to that form of sacrilegious pride that made their tragic heroes succumb. An inordinate passion made them transgress the limits that the gods had assigned them in life, and the punishment was always fall from grace, which was only the prelude to death. Simplifying the concepts: if you do not control the reins of what makes you stand out – your greatest virtue – you will succumb in this life, sooner or later.
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House of gucci It is not a Greek tragedy, although it has many elements of a classic drama whose outcome we practically guess at the moment we meet the characters. Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade runner, Gladiator), the film is based on the book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden and tells the shocking story of the family whose last name gave the name to one of the most famous Italian luxury brands in the world.
Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) is a stranger from humble origins who one night meets Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). Even though the meeting has been fortuitous, she knows perfectly well who is it Maurizio, and from that moment on his determination to conquer him (and retain him) will have no end. Well, yes it will, and that is precisely the core of the film.
On an interview For several years now, the true Patrizia Reggiani released a phrase that defines her in body and soul: “I’d rather cry in a Rolls-Royce than laugh on a bicycle.” That type personality Lady Gaga embodies it outstandingly, and to a large extent carries the movie on his shoulders. If there was anyone who still questioned Gaga’s acting skills, it is almost certain that now they will run out of arguments.
The rest of the characters largely follow the path set by Patrizia Reggiani, and it is here that this Ridley Scott drama is woven in a similar way to a classic tragedy. It happens that no character seems willing to change his way of being; each It is what it is –Although they are not necessarily what they should be– and consequently they behave until the end, even if this means their own destruction.
Maurizio (Driver) is not good at business, and squanders on unnecessary luxuries that come to question his leadership in the fashion house. Not much better does his uncle Aldo (Al Pacino), who to increase his misfortune has an absolutely inept son, Paolo Gucci (an exceptional Jared Leto) and for whom it is impossible not to feel sorry. Maurizio’s father, Rodolfo (Jeremy Irons) is surely the most capable of all, but we know that he is ill and depressed, and that he will not be around much longer in this world.
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Each one follows his star without deviating one iota from the path. The collapse is therefore assured. Patrizia Reggiani is part of the Gucci family and for no reason will she cease to be. Even when Maurizio leaves her for another and gives her a millionaire divorce. Even when he tells her to his face that he doesn’t love her. Patrizia is in the world to reign in Gucci’s house, and if her husband doesn’t think so, then the problem will be with him, not her. in short, nothing that a couple of hitmen can’t solve …
We all know that Gucci continues to exist, and that it is still one of the most famous (and billion-dollar) fashion houses in the world. But few of us knew the history of the family that forged it in three generations and that, to this day, do not have any of its members in the organization. The real Patrizia Reggiani is free, although she is still known as the “Black Widow” of Italian fashion. But beware, if it had not existed, possibly the fate of the Gucci family would have been very similar – with Maurizio alive, of course. And we would have missed Lady Gaga in an exceptional role.
House of gucci
Studies: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.
Written by: Becky Johnston (based on the novel of the same name by Sara Gay Forden)
Distribution: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, Jack Huston
Director: Ridley scott
Duration: 155 minutes
Premiere: November 24
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