Gucci Family Criticizes "Extremely Painful" House of Gucci Portrayal


| LAST UPDATE 11/30/2021

By Lia Thomson
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House of Gucci, the new biographical crime drama about the life of Patrizia Reggiani after she married into the Gucci family, has kept us waiting at the edge of our seats. And while fans may be rushing to theaters to enjoy the highly anticipated movie, the real-life Gucci family was extremely hurt by the way they've been presented. Here's what they had to say.

The Ridley Scott film was based on the non-fiction book, The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed written by Sara Gay Forden. The story follows Reggiani and how she organized the death of her husband, Maurizio Gucci. Lady Gaga plays Reggianai, Adam Driver as Maurizio, and Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, who were in charge of the luxury fashion house from 1953 to 1986. Aldo's heirs released a statement following the movie's release on November 29th. It condemned the filmmakers for not reaching out to family before portraying them as "thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them."

The statement continued by describing Gaga's character as something, "further from the truth." In the movie, Reggiani is perceived "as a victim trying to survive in a male and male chauvinist corporate culture." But, according to the Gucci heirs, the iconic company was "inclusive." They explained that in the 1980s, when the film is set and when the brand was still under the control of the family, both men and women had high-ranked positions at Gucci.

It ended off with, "Gucci is a family that lives honoring the work of its ancestors, whose memory does not deserve to be disturbed to stage a spectacle that is untrue, and which does not do justice to its protagonists," and added that, "members of the Gucci family reserve the right to take action to protect the name, image and dignity of themselves and their loved ones."

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This isn't the first time the Gucci's have exclaimed their concern about the production. Aldo's daughter, Patricia Gucci said before the release of House of Gucci, "We are truly disappointed. I speak on behalf of the family. They are stealing the identity of a family to make a profit. She continued, "Our family has an identity, privacy. We can talk about everything. but there is a borderline that cannot be crossed.”

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Yet, despite the heirs' disapproval, Scott said he, "doest engage with that." Because, "One Gucci was murdered and another went to jail for tax evasion, so you can't be talking to me about making a profit," he explained.

House of Gucci is now available to watch in cinemas.