(AFP) – Lady Gaga sublimated as a “black widow” of one of the iconic houses of Italian fashion: in “House of Gucci”, in theaters Wednesday in France and the United States, Ridley Scott offers himself a luxury cast to shoot a news item in ancient tragedy combining love, glory and betrayal.
Machine to create cult works (“Blade Runner”, “Alien”, “Gladiator”, “Thelma and Louise” …), Ridley Scott delivers his last opus one month after the previous one, “The Last Duel”.
He seized on one of the most resounding various facts of Italy of the years 1990: the assassination of Maurizio Gucci, heir to the Italian house, sponsored by his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani.
A cold revenge after years of marriage and rise in the luxury world, alongside the fall of a large family house, sold to a financial group.
If the film was made without consulting the one we called the “widow n oire “, released from prison eight years ago, he seems to have obtained the consent of Gucci which now belongs to the Kering group, led by François-Henri Pinault. The brand’s bags and accessories appear countless times on the screen. The actress Salma Hayek, Mrs. Pinault in the city, plays in the film the role of a clairvoyant, accomplice in the crime.
– From Al Pacino to Camille Cottin –
Ridley Scott, who started in advertising, places in his opulent sets and costumes what we do most attractive in Hollywood: Adam Driver plays Maurizio Gucci, Al Pacino breathes a little of the spirit of the “Godfather”, interpreting the generation who will hand over alongside Jeremy Irons, and Jared Leto metamorphoses (for several hours of daily make-up) into Paolo Gucci, the unloved of the family, who will end up ruined.
The French Camille Cottin is also at the rendezvous you in the shoes of Paola Franchi, who will seduce Maurizio Gucci and will trigger the fury and the downfall of Patrizia.
Not necessarily the most talkative role of her career (she doesn ‘ appears only in the last part of the film), but by far the most glamorous – “it was a lot of fun to be propelled in the middle of the Italian jet-set of the years 1980! “, explained to AFP that the series” Ten percent “(” Call my agent “in English) made it known in the United States.
Above all, the world pop star Lady Gaga consolidates her status as a full-fledged actress, two years after having been Oscar nominee for “A star is Born”. She had won the statuette … for the best song.
– The cat, the fox and the panther –
Brunette in the film, she colors her English with a strong Italian accent to play an elusive Patrizia Reggiani, daughter of a little boss probably linked to the mafia, manipulative in the extreme.
From their meeting until the betrayal and the fall, passing through the years at the top of Italian luxury, Lady Gaga explains that she wanted to “create (her) own character”, without a priori on the real Patrizia Reggiani.
“I worked with three different animals” throughout this tragic story of social rise, she explained in a press conference.
At the beginning, when Patrizia met Maurizio, “I was a domestic cat”. Then, in the middle of the film, when Patrizia becomes all-powerful, “I was a fox. I studied how foxes hunt, they are very playful. And finally I studied panthers (…) watching a lot To hunt, the panthers seduce, in a way. Then they leap. “
In the role of the prey, Adam Driver (also at ease this year at Leos Carax in “Annette” that already with Ridley Scott as a knight guilty of rape in “The Last Duel”), has no other choice but to undergo.
Because for Patrizia, from a humble background, “Gucci was a way of surviving. It was an opportunity to count, in a way she had never counted in her life”, analyzes Lady Gaga.