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House of Versace (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 5 October 2013
A chronicle of Donatella Versace's triumph over tragedy by carrying on her brother's powerful legacy after his 1997 slaying.

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Sara Sugarman

Writers:

Deborah Ball (author), Rama Laurie Stagner
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Gina Gershon ... Donatella Versace
Enrico Colantoni ... Gianni Versace
Colm Feore ... Santo Versace
Donna Murphy ... Maria
Alex Carter ... Paul Beck
Samantha Hodhod ... Allegra Versace
Stefano DiMatteo ... Antonio D'Amico
Yan England ... Michael
Raquel Welch ... Aunt Lucia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lesley Leichtweis Bernardi ... Fashion Show Attendee
Claudia Besso ... Christiana
Leonardo Boudreau ... Older Antonio
Anne-Sophie Bozon Anne-Sophie Bozon ... Assistant
Shawn Bracke Shawn Bracke ... Fashion Show Dancer #2
Myriam Côté ... Model
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Gina Gershon stars in this Lifetime Original Movie chronicling Donatella Versace's (Gershon) inspiring triumph over tragedy. Based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball's widely-read book, the movie brings to light the story of Donatella, who, following the brazen murder of her brother, world-renowned designer Gianni Versace.

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Every Empire has a Fall and Rise.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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House of Versace See more »

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MarVista Entertainment See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Before playing Donatella Versace in this biopic, Gina Gershon previously played a spoof version of her, named Fabia, in Ugly Betty (2006). See more »

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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Showgirls (2018) See more »

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This House
Written & performed by Mark Louque
Licensed courtesy of Adult Dancing Records
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made in Canada
7 October 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

If you like fashion, you might enjoy "The House of Versace," a 2013 Lifetime movie about Donatella Versace's attempts to follow in her late brother's footsteps, and her battle with drugs and alcohol.

Versace's high-profile murder at the hands of a serial killer is only touched on. Enrico Colantoni is marvelous as the designer, and it's unfortunate that he only appears in part of the film.

Versace is shown to be the genius of the House of Versace, and he and his sister Donatella (Gina Gershon) are interdependent, more so than their brother (Colm Feore) who handles the business side. Donatella is ambitious and wants her own line; while Gianni will defer to her as a stylist and believes some of her ideas are brilliant, HE is the designer and wants it to stay that way. They have some terrible fights but in the end they always reconcile.

It might have been during one of these fights that Versace changed his will and left everything to his adored niece, who was something like 13 at the time. Hurt, angry, and unable to keep the House of Versace solvent, Donatella turns to booze and drugs and loses her husband, Paul Beck (Alex Carter) in the bargain. The question is, can she turn the house around so her daughter has anything to inherit? This is not Schindler's List. It's very Lifetime and has a lot of material to cover in two hours, so there's some shorthand involved. We don't, for instance, get much into Versace's death, as mentioned before; nor do we get much insight into his life with his partner, and while we see Donatella cheating once, we don't learn much about her marriage or her husband.

Gina Gershon is, of course, much better-looking than Donatella Versace before or after she had her lips blown up, and she gives a good performance here. She is unrecognizable. Racquel Welch is absolutely gorgeous as Aunt Lucia, and I would have loved to have seen more of her.

As mentioned in the subject line, this is a totally Canadian production. Colm Feore, who plays the third Versace sibling, is not only one of the best actors around, period, but one of the biggest in Canada - a positively brilliant stage actor who occasionally takes a TV movie for the money.

Some nice fashion - again, I could have used more. Is this a fair representation of Donatella? Not sure, but she should have been happy being portrayed by Gershon.


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