The film opens in Brazilian cinemas this Thursday (25/11) “Gucci house”, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jared Leto e Jeremy Irons.
The film recreates the turbulent history of the Gucci family, one of the most important in the fashion world. The war for power and influence within the brand ended with the death of Maurizio Gucci, one of the heirs of the brand. The murder was commissioned by his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani.
Next, you’ll learn a little bit of the real story on which the film was based. Check out:
Who are Maurício Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani
Maurizio Gucci was one of the heirs of the Gucci brand, as the grandson of Guccio Gucci, founder of the brand, and son of actor Rodolfo Gucci. During a party held in Milan, he met Patrizia Reggiani, the daughter of a truck businessman. They fell in love and were married in 1972. At the time, they were 24 years old.
During the time they were married, they had two daughters: Allegra and Alessandra. The couple lived a life of luxuries and extravagance, throwing huge parties and acquiring homes around the world. The marriage seemed perfect, but the death of Maurizio’s father in 1983 caused a tremor in the seemingly perfect family.
50% of the brand fell into the hands of Maurizio, who became the company’s president. However, decisions he made ahead of the brand left Patrizia unhappy, and sparked intense fights between the couple. She began to resent having been “abandoned” as a counselor to her husband, as she said in an interview with “Forbes”.
Maurizio’s decision involving the purchase of seats on the family board through the company Investcorp caused a gigantic crisis between them. “I was angry at Maurizio for many, many things at the time. But most of all, this. Losing family to business. I was dumb. I failed. I was filled with anger, but there was nothing I could do “, she stated at the time of the interview.
In 1985, Maurizio said goodbye to Patrizia saying he was going on a business trip. Turns out he didn’t come back: the marriage had ended there. The situation dragged on until 1993, when bad trading decisions caused him to sell the shares he had bought. At the same time, the businessman appeared with his new girlfriend, interior designer Paola Franchi. Divorce papers arrived in Patrizia’s hands in 1994.[display-posts orderby="rand"]
Under the deal, she would receive $1 million a year. Patrizia, however, didn’t like the deal and still hadn’t bought into the whole situation involving her now ex-husband.
On March 27, 1995, Maurizio Gucci was shot three times in the chest in broad daylight in Milan. The killer entered the building where he worked and fired at point-blank range. No witnesses recognized the criminal’s face.
The crime shocked Italy. Police proceeded to investigate the murder, but had few clues as to the motive and authorship, until on January 8, 1997, an anonymous caller began to unravel the mystery. The person on the other end of the line spoke to Filippo Ninni, police chief for the Italian city of Lombardy, and stated that he would only say one name: Gucci.
Ninni managed to meet with the informant, who explained that he heard the moment when Maurizio’s killer was recruited from a cheap hotel on the outskirts of Milan. mastermind of the crime. In this case, “the” principal: Patrizia Reggiani.
The socialite never hid, in interviews, her anger at Maurizio’s attitudes. The police were suspicious of his involvement, but they never had concrete evidence until the informant’s testimony.
After an extensive investigation, the police discovered that Patrizia had plotted the crime alongside Pina Auriemma, a friend and seer, who would receive 600 million pounds to kill Maurizio. Pina asked Ivano Savioni, a porter for help, who contacted Orazio Cicala, who in turn hired Benedetto Ceraulo, the assassin who fired the shots.
The definitive proof came when an undercover police officer managed to record a phone call between everyone involved. To do this, he disguised himself as a hit man and told the whole group that Patrizia owed him money. With that, she ended up handing over the plan without knowing it was being recorded. All were arrested.
Conviction and life after imprisonment
Patrizia was brought to trial in 1998 and has never shown remorse for the crime, making her known as a “black widow” in the Italian press. She was sentenced to 29 years in prison for planning the murder of her ex-husband.
She went on to serve her sentence in San Vitore, Milan. Her lawyer negotiated and got some perks for her, differentiating her from other prisoners. “I slept a lot. I took care of my plants. I took care of Bambi, my pet ferret,” she said in an interview with “The Guardian”.
Patrizia could have been released in 2011 when she was offered parole: she could get out of prison if she got a job. She declined, saying the offer was “blasphemous” because she had never worked in her life. The socialite only gave in and ended up accepting the deal in 2014.
When looking for a job, Patrizia even claimed that she would be a great employee at Gucci. “I’ve shopped around the world. I came from a world of jewelry, and it’s that world I want to return to,” he said at the time. Evidently, the brand refused his resume. She then went on to work as a consultant for Bozart, the famous jewelry company.
Currently, Patrizia is 72 years old. In a recent interview, she said she was bothered by the fact that Lady Gaga, who plays her in “Casa Gucci”, has not contacted her to talk about the film.
“I was bothered by the fact that Lady Gaga played me in Ridley Scott’s film without even being polite or having common sense to meet me and meet me. It has nothing to do with money because I won’t take a single penny of the movie. It’s about common sense and respect. I say that with all the sympathy and appreciation I have for her,” she said.