Lady Gaga, black widow of a luxury empire in “House of Gucci”

(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 a cast of luxury to turn a news item into an ancient tragedy combining love, glory and betrayal.

Machine for creating 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 seizes on one of the most resounding miscellaneous facts in Italy in the 1990s: the murder of Maurizio Gucci, heir to the Italian house, sponsored by his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani.

A cold revenge after years of marriage and ascent in the world of luxury, 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 “black widow”, released from prison eight years ago, it seems to have obtained the approval of Gucci which now belongs to the Kering group, led by Fran├žois -Henri Pinault. The brand’s bags and accessories appear countless times on the screen. Actress Salma Hayek, Mrs. Pinault in the city, plays in the film the role of a clairvoyant, accomplice in crime.

– From Al Pacino to Camille Cottin –

Ridley Scott, who started out in advertising, places in his sets and opulent costumes what is done most attractive in Hollywood: Adam Driver plays Maurizio Gucci, Al Pacino infuses a little of the spirit of the “Godfather”, interpreting the generation that will hand over alongside Jeremy Irons, and Jared Leto is transformed (with several hours of daily makeup) into Paolo Gucci, the unloved of the family, who will end up ruined.

The French Camille Cottin is also at the rendezvous in the skin of Paola Franchi, who will seduce Maurizio Gucci and will trigger the fury and the fall of Patrizia.

Not necessarily the most talkative role of her career (she only appears in the last part of the film), but by far the most glamorous – “it was a lot of fun to be thrown into the Italian jet-set world. 1980s! “, explained to AFP the one that the series” Ten percent “(” Call my agent “in English) made known in the United States.

Above all, world pop star Lady Gaga is consolidating her status as a full-fledged actress, two years after being nominated at the Oscars 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, the daughter of a small boss probably linked to the Mafia, manipulative to the extreme.

Since their meeting until the betrayal and the fall, while passing by the years at the top of the Italian luxury, Lady Gaga explains to have wanted “to create (his) own character”, without a priori on the real Patrizia Reggiani.

“I have worked with three different animals” throughout this tragic story of social ascension, she explained at a press conference.

At first, when Patrizia met Maurizio, “I was a house 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 of videos. To hunt, panthers seduce, in a way. Then they leap “.

In the role of the prey, Adam Driver (as comfortable this year with Leos Carax in “Annette” as 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 modest background, “Gucci was a way to survive. It was an opportunity to count, in a way she had never counted in her life,” Lady Gaga analyzes.