«As a production designer, he excelled in sound stages and was a magician in finding perfect locations»
Correspondence of amorous senses
by Francesca Romana Buffetti
It was March 14, 1883 when Karl Marx died in London; three days later he was buried in the cemetery of Highgate, north of the English
capital, alongside his wife Jenny, who had preceded him by two years. It is in front of his grave that Miss Marx, the fourth film by Susanna Nicchiarelli, begins; fourth collaboration with production designer Alessandro Vannucci (and the first one with costume designer Massimo Cantini Parrini).
«I can’t imagine myself without Alessandro Vannucci − says the director − Our partnership began with Cosmonaut, more than ten years ago and since then we have continued to make period films: we have treated the Sixties with the first film, the eighties with Nico, 1988; also my second film, Discovery at Dawn, was a period one because it began in 1981». Together they staged the story of Eleanor Marx, yet another nonconformist female figure, after Nico, the German singer and model Christa Päffgen, Andy Warhol’s muse and, for a few years, voice of the Velvet Underground, and Luciana Proietti, a young communist from the PCI (Italian Communist Party) Section in the Roman suburb Trullo.
«I’m never in favour of a precise historical reconstruction − echoes Vannucci − We are not making a documentary: the most important thing is to reproduce an emotion. In some details I have also stretched the historical truthfulness, because in a work of fiction such as a film, what matters is to invite the viewer into the story».