Set in Milan at the start of the last decade I Am Loveis about Emma, played by Tilda Swinton, the mother of the extremely wealthy family who made their fortune in the textile business. Evoking both the stylish Hollywood melodramas of Douglas Sirk and the rich mise-en-scene and cinematography of Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, I Am Love is a feast for the senses.
When I spoke with Luca Guadagnino we talked about collaborating with Tilda Swinton, the inspiration for I Am Love‘s cinematography and his love of Jonathan Demme’s films, especially Silence of the Lambs and Rachel Getting Married.
This interview was recorded on Friday 11 June 2010 and then played on The Casting Couch on Saturday 26 June 2010.
“Something had to change for everything to stay as it was.”
The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) is a historical epic of breathtaking scope and beauty. It is an acclaimed adaptation of the 1958 novel, by Sicilian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, about the unification of Italy in the late 19th century. This 1963 film adaptation is a highpoint in the later part of an illustrious career of the Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, demonstrating his classical sense of aestheticism and modern approach to storytelling. Watching The Leopard is an absolute feast for the senses as Visconti’s camera captures all the detail and beauty in the Sicilian landscape and buildings that the film takes place in.
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