Chad Schimke

Sunday, February 18, 2018

THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE

Will the 2nd season of American Crime Story live up to the legacy of the 1st season? The Assassination of Gianni Versace will certainly face comparisons to The People v. O.J. Simpson. Because the O.J. miniseries was good, really good, and had a stellar cast. American culture changed so much in the 90s, so it’s important to remember how much has happened. In that era, Hollywood was still deeply ensconced in the celluloid closet. So society recoiled more so when informed, via splashy headlines, that a gay serial killer was on the loose. Andrew Cunanan, a name whispered softly in hallways, not overtly stated in polite company. Gianni Versace, did you hear what happened to him? Surely, he must be involved in sordid dealings with this gay serial killer. With the atelier dead and buried, everyone left had to figure out what to do with the company. The Versace brand would likely have died with Gianni’s passing. But somehow Donatella was able to find a way to endure the transition. She and the company survived in the face of cutthroat tastemakers’ fashion whims. Nobody believed she had a shot. Will the miniseries be just as good? My hunch says no, but stay tuned to find out and come to your own conclusion.














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