Wednesday, January 24, 2018

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, on FX

Tonight I watched episode 2, “Manhunt”, of Season 2 of “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” pn FX, basic link

The series is based on the book “Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History” by Maureen Orth.  The episode is directed by Nelson Cragg. 
The series starts after the assassination (the pilot was “The Man Who Would Be Vogue”), and will then retrace Cunanan’s 1997 killing spree in backstories. A later episode will be called "Don't Ask Don't Tell" concerning the murder in Minneapolis of a former US Naval Officer. 

Episode 2 traces Cunanan’s (Darren Criss) drive to Florida, his getting a room and then stalking Gianni (Edgar Ramirez) whose couture and high lifestyle in south Florida, along with his connection to a possible lover, are shown. .

Criss is quite manipulative and chilling as the empty Cunanan, who saw himself through the shadows of others. In one scene, he tapes up the face of a sexual partner in an SM session and then stabs a breathing opening at the mouth.  He meets an HIV+  man who rooms with him for a while.

He barely escapes being identified by an employee in a sandwich shop.

Update: March 19, 2019

There is defamation lawsuit against FX and other parties regarding the film, details in "The Blast". 

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