House of Gucci true story – what the movie leaves out
You may have already seen the photos and the trailer: Lady Gaga with a bad Italian accent, Adam Driver in that cable-knit sweater. and jared leto, well… let’s not waste words on that. this is the house of gucci, ridley scott’s latest movie.
ridley has been turning his hand towards telling true historical tales. She recently addressed the rape of Marguerite de Carrouges in The Last Showdown (which also stars Adam Driver).
But in House of Gucci, which is effectively a murder story, we don’t learn as much about the people and events that led to Maurizio Gucci’s murder as we learn about the history of the brand and the family. As we get into the real story behind the movie, we’re going to be getting into house of gucci spoilers, so beware.
The film itself mainly follows the true story of the marriage between Patrizia (Lady Gaga) and Maurizo (driver), their eventual separation and her murder. Patrizia and Maurizio were married in 1972 when they were both 24 years old.
The film shows Maurizio and Patrizia having a daughter named Alessandra; The film places a lot of importance on the moment, in which Patrizia tells her mother-in-law Rodolfo de Ella (Jeremy Irons) that it was her idea to name the baby after Maurizio’s mother. In real life, Maurizio’s mother was called Sandra and the couple had two children; the aforementioned alessandra and another daughter named allegra.
In real life, Maurizio fled to Switzerland when he was investigated for forging a signature to avoid paying inheritance taxes. In the film, it is implied that Patrizia is the one forging the signature.
Maurizio was found guilty of the forgery (via AP) but later cleared of the forgery (via a financial review). eventually the couple broke up; In the film, Maurizio tells Patrizia to go back to Italy while he stays in Switzerland.
actually, they moved back to milan in 1982 and soon after he told her he was going on a short business trip to florence. However, the next day he sent a friend to tell Patrizia that her marriage was over and that he would not be coming home. (brutal.)
patrizia was consumed with jealousy while maurizio started dating her friend paola franchi (played by camille cottin) and eventually patrizia and maurizio divorced in 1994 (it is left ambiguous in the movie as to whether they were officially divorced) . Maurizio was preparing to marry Paola when he was murdered.
Patrizia reportedly tasked her old friend and psychic Guiseppina Auriemma, aka Pina, (Salma Hayek) with hiring a hit man and getaway driver, which she did. all four were charged with the murder.
The movie doesn’t go into the trial at all, but in real life, it was in the media spotlight. In 1992, Patrizia underwent surgery for a brain tumor, and the NY Times reported that her defense argued: “[her] threats were the ramblings of a mentally disturbed woman, arguing that her physical illness took away her critical faculties.” .
Despite this, a judge declared her fit to stand trial. Patrizia’s defense then claimed that Pina acted on her behalf and then blackmailed Patrizia; a classic case of thomas beckett “will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?”.
In an often ill-advised move, Patrizia took the dais. The NY Times reported: “Mrs. Reggiani said under cross-examination that she was forced to pay $365,000, and then she added, somewhat confusingly, she ‘was worth every penny.'”
As shown briefly in the film, Patrizia apparently admitted to the crime in her diary. house of gucci shows her writing an entry on the day of the murder with a trembling hand the word ‘paradeisos’, the greek word for paradise.
Also, in real life, the police were investigating other motives behind Maurizio’s murder. Police initially thought Maurizio’s murder might have been related to Gucci’s myriad family feuds or to Maurizio’s business dealings.
The former Gucci boss was trying to make a name for himself once again in the business world by investing in a casino in Switzerland. in the end, they were led to the patrizia, thanks to an anonymous tip (which remains elusive to this day).
The tip led police to a hotel porter named Ivano Savioni, who was one of the people Pina had contacted in her search for a hit man. In addition, Patrizia’s mother, Silvana Barbieri, was also under investigation for having known about the murder plot.
patrizia’s power move at the end of the film, in which she refuses to answer her maiden name, was a real thing. By law after her divorce, she was meant to no longer use the Gucci name, but she continued to do so anyway.
The film ends with his sentence: 26 years in prison. However, Patrizia’s time in jail was also a fascinating story. she had a pet ferret and although she was offered a day off on the condition that she get a job, she refused, saying “I’ve never worked in my life and I’m certainly not going to start now” (via the telegraph) .
she was released after 17 years, the last two of which she got a job in a costume jewelry shop in milan, where she now lives. she can often be seen strolling through the city’s boutiques with her pet blue and yellow macaw on her shoulder.
and on a final tragic note, according to the telegraph, his poor ferret bambi was killed when a fellow prisoner sat on him and crushed him.
the house of gucci is now showing in theaters.