Grazzano Visconti and Luchino’s fairytales
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.