Grazzano Visconti and Luchino’s fairytales

Grazzano Visconti, Vigolzone (Piacenza), Castello e borgo medievale - Castle and medieval village

When the young Luchino Visconti (1906-1976) was on holiday in Grazzano – the medieval village in the province of Piacenza that his father, Count Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone, had completely renovated – he used to drag his younger sisters into setting up fun and imaginative shows.

The future world-famous director arranged lights, cut fabric, and created whole sets. He unwittingly practiced, playing with his siblings, the filmmaking that years later would make him a legend of cinema.

He got his unique training in a town and castle dating back to the last years of the 14th century. The stronghold was built by Giovanni Anguissola as a home for himself and his wife Beatrice Visconti, sister of the illustrious Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo (1351-1402).

It was a fairytale setting that Luchino Visconti, with his imagination and creativity, quickly learn to fill with new, wonderful stories.

Photos via:
it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castello_di_Grazzano_Visconti www.flickr.com/photos/mmarco1954/sets/72157627199015042/with/5939639760/ www.flickr.com/photos/mmarco1954/5939642838 www.flickr.com/photos/r-petell/6893822222

October 2, 2014

Grazzano Visconti and Luchino’s fairytales

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