The Milano Statale, Piazza Duomo by the Gallery, the Boulevard that goes to the Central Station (dressed as 42nd street in NYC, with yellow cabs and all), these are some of the Milano locations for the film “House of Gucci” directed by Ridley Scott, which saw Lady Gaga (as Patrizia Reggiani) and Adam Driver (Gucci) acting in downtown Milan, for the pleasure of the crowd.
The pictures show a recreation of Milano in the 1970s, folksier but stylish as always, on the eve of the fashion boom.
Despite the pandemic, Milano confirms its ascendancy as film location for major Italian and international productions.
In fact, 2020 has not marked a significant decline, with the number of TV fiction productions unchanged and an increase in the making of documentaries in Milan. Thus the Milanese daily Corriere della Sera: "The film on Maurizio Gucci with Lady Gaga in the part of Patrizia Reggiani, the third season of 'My Brilliant Friend”, and the Rai movie on the life of Scala dancer Carla Fracci. Three clues make a case: Milano remains coveted as a movie set even in pandemic times."
Among the feature films recently produced in Milan is the historical biopic "Napoleon 1769-1821" with scenes shot in the Sforza Castle, when Bonaparte ruled the city between 1796 and 1812.
Popular film locations are the Duomo and the Galleria, the Castle and the Sempione Arch, Piazza Affari and Piazza Mercanti.
Milano was made popular as a movie setting especially by Luchino Visconti with his “Rocco and His Brothers” (1960), where you can watch Alain Delon and Annie Girardot sit on the roof of the Duomo in what once was an industrial metropolis attracting hundreds of thousands of people from the rural South to work in its factories.
The city’s neighborhoods and canals are all great settings for dramas and comedies in the radial city of hundreds of dialects and languages spoken under the fog and the sun, where hypermodernity and historical tradition live side by side, sometimes within the same Milano dweller.