House of Gucci (film)

For other uses, see Gucci (disambiguation).

House of Gucci is an American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott. The film stars Lady Gaga in the role of Patrizia Reggiani, who was tried and convicted of orchestrating the assassination of her ex-husband's and former head of the Gucci fashion house Maurizio Gucci, portrayed by Adam Driver. The film also stars Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jack Huston, Reeve Carney and Jeremy Irons.

It was released in the United States on November 24, 2021, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Premise

Depicts the events and aftermath of the murder of Maurizio Gucci by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani.

Cast

  • Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani
  • Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci
  • Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci
  • Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci
  • Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci
  • Jack Huston as Domenico De Sole
  • Reeve Carney as Tom Ford
  • Camille Cottin as Paola Franchi
  • Mădălina Diana Ghenea as Sophia Loren
  • Mehdi Nebbou as Said
  • Miloud Mourad Benamara as Omar
  • Salma Hayek as Giuseppina "Pina" Auriemma

Fashion

Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, pumps by Aquazzura, a necklace and earrings by Bulgari, gloves by Paula Rowan, and a bespoke mask by Original Venice Shop.
Lady Gaga wears loafers by Gucci, a coat by Burberry, and a scarf by Hermès.
Lady Gaga wears a vintage knit cape from her own wardrobe, a custom skirt by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, and gloves by Paula Rowan.
Lady Gaga wears a dress and a belt by Max Mara, pumps designed by Janty Yates, and a vintage flap clutch by Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a mini dress by Sandro, loafers by Gucci, and a coat by Burberry.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young.
Lady Gaga wears a mini dress by Maje.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress and a veil by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, pumps by Manolo Blahnik, and jewelry by Pikkio.
Lady Gaga wears a sweater by Falconeri.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress and a jacket by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, a belt by Zara, and vintage jewelry by Pikkio.
Lady Gaga wears a robe by La Perla.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, pumps by Aquazzura, a vintage watch by Gucci, a necklace and earrings by Pikkio, a coat by Laflamme, and sunglasses by Elie Saab.
Lady Gaga wears a shirtdress by Valentino, a belt by Versace, and a vintage clutch by Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, and pumps by Manolo Blahnik.
Lady Gaga wears a custom skirt suit by Dominic Young designed by Janty Yates, pumps by Aquazzura, a brooch by Pikkio, a necklace and a ring by Boucheron, and a bag by Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, pumps by Aquazzura, and necklaces, a bracelet, a bangle, and rings by Boucheron.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, earrings by Cristallonero from Pikkio, and a necklace by Pikkio.
Lady Gaga wears a hospital robe.
Lady Gaga wears a vintage jacket and a skirt by Genny, pumps by Manolo Blahnik, and a bag by Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, pumps by Manolo Blahnik, a hat by Lawliet, a brooch by Nina Ricci from Pikkio, and a vintage bag.
Lady Gaga wears an outfit by Janty Yates x Dominic Young.
Lady Gaga wears a vintage blazer and a dress, a necklace by Pikkio, a cuff bracelet by Boucheron, and a bag by Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, and pumps by Manolo Blahnik.
Lady Gaga wears a vintage tunic, pants, and a bag by Gucci, a coat by Laflamme, and gloves by Paula Rowan.
Lady Gaga wears a bodysuit and a mini skirt by Versace, earrings, a collar, and bracelets by Bulgari, and gloves by Paula Rowan.
Lady Gaga wears a custom blazer by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, gloves by Paula Rowan, and a lighter Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a dress by Emanuel Ungaro, pumps by Manolo Blahnik, and a belt by Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a custom dress by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, pumps by Manolo Blahnik, a vintage unsigned mink stole, a scarf by Chanel, a vintage unsigned brooch, gloves by Paula Rowan, and a vintage bag by Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a custom suit by Janty Yates x Dominic Young.
Lady Gaga wears a vintage jacket and a belt by Gucci, boots by Sergio Rossi, jewelry from Pikkio, and sunglasses by Jimmy Choo.
Lady Gaga wears a custom suit by Post Card, a belt by Saint Laurent, boots by Lange, goggles by Dior, and gloves by Dakine.
Lady Gaga wears a custom blouse and pants by Janty Yates x Dominic Young, and a belt by Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a robe by La Perla.
Lady Gaga wears a vintage blouse, a skirt, a bag, and pumps by Gucci, and a vintage unsigned brooch.
Lady Gaga wears earrings, a belt, and a handbag by Gucci.
Lady Gaga wears a bath robe and a towel as a headpiece.
Lady Gaga wears sunglasses by Persol.
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Lady Gaga wears a dress and a coat Azzedine Alaïa, pumps by Manolo Blahnik, sunglasses by Elie Saab, and a vintage bag by Gucci.

Wardrobe


Deleted scenes

There are some scenes that had been cut from the final version of a movie. Since the release, Ridley Scott has discussed releasing a director's cut of the film, which would feature some cut scenes from the trailer and other unseen ones. Some scenes provide more context to the film, and explore the deeper motivations behind Patrizia's eventual atrocities, whilst others are merely for entertainment purposes.

Party at Studio 54

Heavily teased in many of the movie's promotional materials, this scene shows the Gucci family (featuring a six month pregnant Patrizia Reggiani) partying together at the highly iconic Studio 54 disco nightclub which was located on 54th Street in New York City.

It is known that a model Federico Aldave was cast to play Mick Jagger for this scene. He revealed "The scene took place in Studio 54 in NYC, where we were brought together, close to the table where the Gucci couple [Lady Gaga & Adam Driver] were [Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger, Rod Stewart, Grace Jones & Andy Warhol]." He added "For a few seconds I traveled in real time, the recreation was impressive. The studio, everything in there was the same, identical to that famous club. And I had Al Pacino... dancing with Lady Gaga... [laughs]."

Second sex scene

From the way it's described in the script, it's possible that the second sex scene could've been even rougher than its predecessor in the beginning of the film. Patrizia Reggiani & Maurizio Gucci, in the midst of an argument, do it up against the wall in what the script describes as "a [fine line between] passion and hatred.” It was planned to be aggressive and animalistic.

Patrizia's and Pina's sex scene

During a Q&A on November 10th, 2021, Lady Gaga revealed that she pushed for a sex scene between her character, Patrizia Reggiani, and Salma Hayek's Giuseppina “Pina” Auriemma. Lady Gaga explained that while she pitched the idea of the two women taking their relationship to the next level after Maurizio’s death to director Ridley Scott, their sex scene ultimately didn’t make the final cut.

There’s a whole side of this film that you did not see, where Pina and I developed a sexual relationship. Director’s cut, who knows. This is a testament to [Ridley Scott] as a director because he allowed us to go there, and I remember being on set with Salma and going, ‘So after Maurizio dies, maybe it gets hot?’ And she was like, ‘What are you talking about?Lady Gaga

"You think she’s kidding," Salma Hayek said. According to Variety, she added that House of Gucci audiences didn’t get to see all of the two women’s moments together as “two girls from a different class, kind of going at this big world.

During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! show on January 24th, 2022, Lady Gaga – talking in her Patrizia Reggiani accent – recalled how she first brought up the idea of the sex scene with Salma Hayek.

I'll never forget when I told [Salma Hayek]-- I was like, “okay, listen, so, before we do this scene I just want your consent to do something together.” And she's like [Gaga says excited], “okay, okay, okay, what do you want to do?” And I said, “okay so I was thinking, you know, after the hit gets put out on Maurizio and you get the phone call that he’s dead, that I walk over to you and kiss you.” And she’s like, ‘WHAT!?’ And-- [laughs] So, then we told Ridley and Giannina Scott, his wife was the producer on the film. [...] So, then we asked them, they were like, “yeah, sure, try it.” And we did it. The only reason it's not in the movie because that whole scene was cut. But it was an awesome scene and [Salma]'s walking around the house and the camera was following her feet and all her cats were following her, and Salma – in order to get the cats to follow her – she put a bunch of catnip in her boots. So, Salma's walking around the house [Lady Gaga stands up and starts to walk around] and the cats are following her, and I'm like-- [Gaga looks surpised]. Then we’re surrounded by cats and we start making out – and I made out with Salma Hayek. I’m like that really, you know, annoying kid in school that’s like bragging that they made out with the popular girl, but has no proof.Lady Gaga on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Motorcycle accident

In the "Larger Than Life" featurette clip it was shortly shown how a rider on motorcycle knocked Patrzia Reggiani down. She and a motorcyclist just fell to the ground.

Brain tumour

In the "Just for Variety" podcast (December 15th, 2021), Lady Gaga discussed filming these scenes where Patrizia Reggiani is diagnosed with a brain tumour "the size of a small orange." This is one of the scenes that would have provided more fuel to Patrizia's fire, and would develop the audience's understanding as to why she ordered the assassination. Lady Gaga stated "It was rumored that Maurizio [Gucci] never visited her, so she was alone. For me, it provided more color and motive behind the murder."

Patrizia's Voiceover

Although Patrizia Reggiani's voiceover can be heard in the opening scene of the film, her narration was initially meant to carry on throughout. The very first draft had a ten page opening sequence, and the initial script itself was 150 pages long. After Ridley Scott decided that the voiceover was unnecessary, the script was down to 135 pages. It's highly unlikely that Lady Gaga recorded the voiceover, as it only featured on draft versions of the script, not the one used at time of shooting.

Unknown scene

In such videos as "The Lady Of The House – Wild Ride" featurette clip and "Lady of the House" by Universal Pictures which contain some behind-the-scenes materials, Lady Gaga is seen wearing a brown dress for an unknown scene. The dress Lady Gaga wore for this scene was seen hanging on a mannequin as well as matching shoes nearby in a behind-the-scenes video released on MGM Studios' official account on YouTube.

Unknown scene

In a "Styling House of Gucci" bonus featurette from the Blu-ray edition of the movie, which includes behind-the-scenes materials, Lady Gaga is shortly seen wearing a vintage powder-blue blouse by Gucci, a black skirt and a belt for another unknown scene.

Videos

Trailers
Featurettes
Clips

Trivia

  • Frederic Aspiras told The Hollywood Reporter that he spent five months to prepare a 450-page directory of hair looks from the script (55-plus on-screen brunette looks). His work included creating 10 custom wigs and Frederic said that wigs alone cost like $10,000.
  • In a Blu-ray bonus featurette "Styling House of Gucci", Janty Yates said that Lady Gaga "had 54 script days, which was 54 outfits," and she "never wore the same jewelry. Never wore the same shoes. Never the same bag. Everything was different every single time."
  • During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on January 24th, 2022, Lady Gaga revealed that "Father, Son, and House of Gucci" line wasn't in the original script for the film, she improvised it (as well as its accompanying hand gesture). She said, "I used to do it in my trailer as a prayer before I went to do my scenes. So, after the team got me ready and I studied, before I'd go on set, I'd go, "Father, Son, and House of Gucci." It just naturally made it in."
  • It should be emphasized that Lady Gaga wrote her phone number with lipstick with her right hand, although she is left-handed.
  • On her Instagram, Sarah Tanno-Stewart wrote that her favorite scene in the film was the courtroom and revealed that it was "decided not to use prosthetics and just age [Gaga] with makeup. Making her ashen-faced, skin stressed and haunted." Sarah also revealed she and Frederic Aspiras "rarely touched Gaga up on set as [they] didn’t want to take her out of her performance."
  • In an interview with The Project on Network 10, Lady Gaga revealed that she wrote an 80-page biography of Patrizia Gucci to prepare for her role in a film.
  • In an EW's Awardist podcast, Lady Gaga credited Bradley Cooper with helping to shape her future as a bankable, respectable actress. Because of their partnership throughout A Star Is Born, she says she's able to "read lots of scripts and talk to lots of different directors," and regularly enlists his advice on her acting career. "Bradley Cooper believed in me for the role of Ally Maine in A Star Is Born," she continues, revealing that she "absolutely" consulted him before taking on the role of Patrizia. "It was the success of our artistic collaboration that landed me where I am now."
  • In "Just for Variety" podcast, Lady Gaga talked about Patrizia Reggiani, "I wondered all the time when I was in Italy if she was gonna show up. I mean she's out of jail. There was a safety element. I don't trust her, I don't think she is a good person." During this interview, Lady Gaga also revealed for the first time that "she sought on-set help from a mental health professional during the final days of shooting." “I had a psychiatric nurse with me towards the end of filming,” she explained. “I sort of felt like I had to. I felt that it was safer for me.
  • One of the audience (Francisco Valera) who was at the premiere of the film in New York wrote on his Instagram that he was "seated behind Gaga and her parents." And "it was great to see her reaction to the sex scene, she was covering her dad’s eyes and telling him he couldn’t see it."
  • According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (released on November 17th, 2021), on most days during the three-and-a-half-month production, Gaga woke up around 3 a.m. to begin her transformation, a process that included donning a prosthetic bald cap under her various wigs. Often after she awoke she vomited, from some mixture of “anxiety, fatigue, trauma, exhaustion, commitment and love,” she says. “You wake up, you throw up, you go to set, throw up again.”
  • According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (released on November 17th, 2021), for six months before production started, Gaga worked on her accent, which she treated like learning a new musical genre. “If I can sing rock ‘n’ roll or jazz or country or pop music, I knew I could speak in a specific Northern Italian accent,” Gaga says. “It’s knowing how to use your voice, why, and where, and with who, and how to feel while you’re doing it.” She ate more pasta and bread than usual, deliberately gaining weight to have a more rounded figure. “My mother and father met me as Patrizia a couple times,” Gaga says. “And they were mostly laughing because my family gets a kick out of my love of artistry. … There’s a downside to committing yourself to a role in that way because it’s an adjustment for everybody around you. Suddenly, you’re not talking to Stefani anymore with an accent. You’re talking to Patrizia Gucci.”
  • In an interview with Sky News, Lady Gaga spoke about the seriousness of preparing for her role: "I was in character for six months leading up to the film, and then for the three-and-a-half months that we filmed. I began with my accents, I would spend a lot of time talking to my family and everybody in my life to learn how to naturally speak with [the Italian] accent without it driving the acting."
  • Also, in an interview with Sky News, Lady Gaga, who has previously spoken out about being raped by a male music producer when she was 19, tells me she directed past trauma into making the role feel real. "When I think about my real life experiences, there was a lot of things that I've been through in my life, traumatic experiences, that I drew upon to play Patrizia, and it's not necessarily imaginative in that way. I mean I'm calling upon myself. Now, it might be imaginative to you, you might see it and say 'oh that looks like it possesses imagination', but for me it's not imaginative, it's real."
  • Talking about drawing on her real-life trauma to play Patrizia Reggiani, Lady Gaga gives more details in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. One day while shooting a scene with Salma Hayek, who plays Patrizia’s confidant, Gaga was laying on a couch relying on a Stanislavski acting technique (in which she would run through sense memories from an emotional event) when the line between her own experiences and Patrizia’s began to blur. “It’s a scene where I knock a lit candle across the room, and I remember I gave Salma a heart attack that day,” Gaga says. “I was falling apart as [Patrizia] fell apart. When I say that I didn’t break character, some of it was not by choice.” Gaga had experienced this kind of dissociative state before — including once when she was hospitalized. On the Gucci set, Scott intervened, concerned by the impact the performance seemed to be having on his leading actress. “Ridley said, ‘I don’t want you traumatizing yourself,’ ” Gaga says. “And I said, ‘I already have. I’ve already been through this anyway. I might as well give it to you.’ And he said, ‘Well, leave it here and don’t do this to yourself anymore.’
  • In an interview with ITV News, Lady Gaga talked about Patrizia Reggiani’s mental health during the period of time that is shown in the film, saying the woman was “fighting for her life.” And because of that, Gaga decided it’s best to study some animals to help her get into character even more. “I studied animals, actually, for this. I studied a house cat, a fox, and a panther. I studied the way they seduced. The way they hunted. The way they would produce. The way they would enjoy themselves. You know, a house cat has a particular air about it. A fox is quite playful when it hunts, it’s almost funny, which is where her humor comes from. And then, when she gets served divorce papers, she turns from a fox into a panther. And working with the animal and studying the animal and changing the way that you move, to me, there’s something primal about mental health that we don’t give ourselves enough credit for. It’s the animal in us. It’s our brain, it’s part of our body.
  • In one of the scenes, Lady Gaga submerges herself in a bath for a concerning length of time. In a conversation with Jake Gyllenhaal for Variety, she explained that director Ridley Scott was compelled to stop rolling mid-scene just to make sure she was safe. "When I did the bathtub scene, when I went under, they had to yell 'Cut' because they were like, 'Get her out of there!' " Lady Gaga assured Gyllenhaal that there was nothing to worry about. "I was fine. I can hold my breath for a long time. I'm a singer," she said, adding that she's also on friendly terms with danger and discomfort when it comes to making art. "I feel safe being in pain. I feel safe in art. I almost think I feel safer with art than I do in life," Gaga said.
  • During a House of Gucci Q&A in Los Angeles on November 21st, 2021, Lady Gaga provided more details about the "bathtub scene" telling, "There's a moment, where I fall back into a bathtub, and you can see my eyes open underneath the water. I decided to make that an attempted suicide scene. And with my director, I knew uniquely that was a risky and potentially hurtful thing to do. [Ridley] really was very supportive and loving. And I sung into that water, in a way that I never have before, I mean that really genuinely and truly as an actress with some shame for the things that we do for our heart. But I laid under that water and I felt it go up my nose and into my throat and I kept my eyes open. And I thought that camera's turning over me, and I did not close my eyes, and I thought, "She wouldn't either because she would have wanted to watch herself go while he did too." To me it was her or him, and she chose to come up for breath. You don't see me come up for breath in the film. I did it in real life, and I did it because Ridley came to the bathtub and said, "Get the fuck out! I don't believe that it makes you a great actor to do a shit like that." But I will say that sometimes art makes you do crazy shit because you love it so much, because you believe in something so much, because you want people to understand that love can make you do crazy things. [...] With prosthetics where does it was much older and it's not in there, I was very very nervous to do the scene. I'd done the makeup question a couple times, and had several psychological difficulties and panic attacks with it. I texted Jared [Leto] and I said, "I don't know what to do. How do you do this?" And he was there for me. He was supportive. He told me about his process. And he was nothing short of a true professional and a loving human being. And even though it wasn't used, [Gaga turns to Jared Leto and says] I will never forget how there you were for me. Thank you."
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