Ornella Muti would marry her. The house Donald Trump bought and the meeting with Bill Gates. The Oscars won. Bankruptcies and legal troubles. And, after so many women, no relationship. The open heart interview
Vittorio Cecchi Gori turns 80. And he talks about himself in the round: the great Italian and international successes, the many loves, the legal troubles. And an old age that passes alone, with no woman around anymore: “I have some friends. At 80, I need friendship more: it’s not that I start imitating myself “- photo | video
SUSPENDED PENALTY – The producer, in his home in Parioli, had a bad time a few months ago, when he was still under house arrest to serve eight years and five months for the crashes of the cinematographic Safin and Fiorentina: “The heart has made a fuss. Now I’m out of breath, I can do everything, but sitting down “. The sentence was suspended for health reasons. And today you speak to the Corriere della Sera. About those troubles, in this regard, he specifies: “I had a role in 48 companies, something escaped me, but I didn’t realize I did anything wrong, I still don’t know what happened. I only hope that the president Sergio Mattarella, so fair and serene, will grant me the honor of grace “.
SAFFRON – There was a moment when he claimed that someone wanted to take him out: “As time went by, things became clearer. I had Tmc, I was creating the third TV pole, I had a share of what would become Sky, a huge film library and a football team, so I understood the importance of cinema and football TV rights. Instead, there was a struggle with generalist TV. They took everything away from me, for a small mistake compared to the breadth of what I was administering. But many events are open and I intend to recover something ”. But of those troubles his sentence about the cocaine found in the house that he swore to be saffron became viral: “Of course I didn’t think I would have remained in history for the joke about saffron”.
A LIFE OF FILM – Before that he had inherited and expanded upon a film empire, a world he had grown up in but never quite abandoned. His last set is in fact Silence, by Martin Scorsese, year 2015: “Di Scorsese I also co-produced The Irishman, with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, but I couldn’t go, I was sick. With America I continued to work because my companies were not affected by the bankruptcy there. The Americans still urge me to do something else. I have the script for the remake of the Sorpasso ready, with Dino Risi’s son, Marco, and maybe with Alessandro Gassman, who doesn’t like much. I’m on the Oscars jury, I hear the other jurors, remakes are all the rage. I just have to be okay, start moving again. I would still like to do a good film ”. Three Oscars keep them in the library: Mediterranean, The Delivery man And Life is Beautiful.
MY DISCOVERIES AND THE CONGRATULATIONS OF THE FATHER – The actors he worked with love him. And Vittorio remembers well when his father made his first appreciation of him: “Otherwise we get angry it was my intuition. My father did not understand: everyone said that Bud Spencer and Terence Hill without spaghetti westerns no one would see them. Dad had never paid me a compliment before. Many said to him: tell him once that he is good. And he: what, are you crazy? after, I don’t check it anymore! I also wanted to do the last film by Federico Fellini, I wanted to gain experience with the greats. Fellini’s joke to my father remains famous: you have always saved yourself, your son was needed to make me make a film with Cecchi Gori ”.
THE GREAT ENCOUNTERS – Of Donald Trump he says: “I bought a house from him in New York, penthouse and super-penthouse on Central Park, like being suspended in a balloon, then I lost it in my own trouble. We made friends, he was overflowing, but he was a simple man, he understood everything on the fly “. There was also a friendship with Gabriel García Márquez: “I took Tornatore to Mexico City who wanted to make the film from One Hundred Years of Solitude, but the two didn’t take it. Then, he got Fidel Castro to invite me to take film lessons in Havana. Gabriel was very nice. The grown-ups also have a daily simplicity that makes them magnificent “. And then there was Bill Gates: “he came to pick me up with his wife in the station wagon”. He had met him at the Sun Valley Conference: “I was working on a European paid content platform, long before Netflix and the like came along. Not being up to par as technical views, I worried that the screens you saw on were as big as those on televisions. With me and the Gates was the head of Warner. I said: I do not believe that one sees a film on the mobile phone … I, then, I was put out of action through the courts ”.
LOVES – If Vittorio Gassman remembers him as a second father, in America he had close relations with Jack Nicholson. But for many years he had a reputation as a playboy who conquered women, such as Maria Grazia Buccella, Maria Giovanna Elmi. But he points out: “Playboy is whoever does only that in life. I worked. And while I was working I knew actresses. Maria Grazia was my great love, she ended up because we were young, but we are still friends. At Christmas 2017, she was the one who took me to the hospital with a heart attack “. Then Ornella Muti: “I liked him a lot. Mom said: I understand that you want to marry an actress, marry her, she is nice, she is beautiful. But we parted, it was a disappointment: I would have liked her to end up in another way “. Then Rita Rusic, of whom the father is told that the father would have said “that my son sticks it in his pocket”. And he remembers: “I was an only child, I was 40, consider the sentence in that context. I wanted to get married, couldn’t I go on doing what? I started a family, we have two extraordinary children, Mario graduated in Economics in America, Vittoria has shops in Miami. The marriage lasted 20 years. I don’t hold a grudge against anyone, Rita and I have a good relationship ”. Indeed, the nicest anecdote of his life concerns their marriage: “I had Verdone and Enrico Montesano as witnesses. While the priest was celebrating, I saw them strutting in blue suits and it occurred to me to have them make a film called The Two Carabinieri. I told him there while I was getting married. It was a success “.
AT 80 YEARS OLD I AM ONLY – The last woman of his life was Valeria Marini, who was close to him for five years: “It was a beautiful story, a bit tiring. He came to sleep at six in the morning because he had spent an evening on the other side of the hemisphere ”. Today many things have changed: “I am alone now. I have some friends. At 80, I need friendship more: it’s not that I start imitating myself “.
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