When La Dolce Vita Gets Bitter

Get to the Angelika Film Center and Cafe and see%26nbsp;I Am Love, a new feature film by Magnolia pictures that is simply too good to be true.

Set in Italian fashion metropolis Milan, the movie depicts an Italian dynasty, the Recchis', and the transference of authority from one generation to the next. The patriarch's decision to split the power between his son and grandson acts as the initial crux for the movie but quickly fades as Tilda Swinton assumes her role as heroine. Outstanding cinematography heightens the ensuing plot twists. For more juicy tidbits, you%26#8217;ll just have to see it.
What shook us to the core were the sets and costumes. Swinton's style is so understated and elegant that we found ourselves unable to appreciate the totality of it in one sitting. (We felt a wee bit faint at times!)
Perhaps equally as astonishing is Swinton's mother-in-law in the film, Marisa Berenson, who %26#8212;hello %26#8212; is a descendent of Elsa Schiaparelli and naturally wears her clothes, and character to a tee. The gentlemen in the film are spot on as well, both in their clothes and attitudes. At times, you feel it%26#8217;s a documentary of chic Italian life, showing the success of costume designer Antonella Cannarozzi.
While Swinton%26#8217;s clothes (all designed by Raf Simons for Jil Sander) may have caught our eye first, the main setting %26#8212; the Recchi%26#8217;s compound %26#8212; brought us aesthetic delight throughout the film's entirety. The fortress-like home used for filming; the Villa Necchi Campiglio, was built in 1935 by Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi. Its heavy and stoic attributes, include built-ins and the extensive use of wood and stone for its interior. Set Designer Francesca Di Mottola, drew inspiration from %26#8220;paintings from various periods of art history, photographs of metropolitan landscapes and portraits,%26#8221; according to press materials.
The furnishings are haute bourgeoisie, accentuating a world where servants run rampant, a party is always in the works and Diptyque candles scent every corner of one%26#8217;s home. Enjoy!

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