RADIO // Beyond the SubtitlesLuca Guadagnino, I Am Love
Hosted by Stephen Schaefer
Originally aired 4/23/10
Luca Guadagnino, the Italian co-writer, producer and director of the acclaimed drama I Am Love, discusses his collaboration with Tilda Swinton, who stars as the wife of a Milanese industrialist, and the salience of her costumes, which were designed by the actress and Raf Simons for Jil Sander, as well as why the food, supervised by Milan's Michelin-rated chef Carlo Cracco, is so important to the film. Guadagnino, who speaks lightly-accented English, is reluctant to reveal what the implications of his story are, leaving that to the viewer, but he acknowledges casting Marisa Berenson as the family's matriarch for her association with Visconti's Death in Venice, and concedes that Swinton's French bun is a nod to Kim Novak in Hitchcock's Vertigo. WARNING: Spoilers about the plot are discussed (29 minutes).
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