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Luca Guadagnino on his latest project, El Salvador: The shoemaker of dreams

Although he has filed many patents related to his field over the years, Ferragamo’s first patent was for orthopedic support, which was in the car accident in which his brother Eliodoro lost his life Designed for recovery. Stand Up Again, in 1923, El Salvador opens a Hollywood boot shop and continues to work with directors and stars, both on and off screen. 1926, the same year he became a U.S. citizen, Ferragamo returned to Italy and started his own business in Florence, where he designed a production system. and Italian traditions. Despite his talent and innovation, Ferragamo declared bankruptcy at 1933. Failed, but not out, he found a way to start over and in 1936 founded Salvatore Ferragamo, acquired Palazzo Spini Feroni, which remains the company’s headquarters to this day. There, Guadagnino points out, Ferragamo’s “children [are] doing their homework on the floor in the same room where the artisans make their shoes.”

Dream shoemaker does touch on some of Ferragamo’s most famous shoe designs, such as the 1937 wedge heel, the heavily replicated caged metal heel, and when materials were scarce The layered rainbow platform made is in 1940s and ruby ​​slippers, but again, this isn’t a movie about fashion, it’s about a man following his passion for work and love, and The documentary portion of the film comes to its first ending on Family Notes. “Ferragamo went to Italy to find a family. He kept inventing himself; he invented the idea of ​​Made in Italy from Florence – he wasn’t from Florence. Then he decided he had to have a family, he went to his village and he decided he was going to marry That girl. It worked, it worked; they loved each other deeply. They had six children, and then [Wanda] became the woman who ran the company after he died. And it ended with a beautiful home movie that you can see in In it, seeing the soulful life of an Italian family, I think it’s very touching,” Guadagnino said.

I asked the director who grew up between Italy and Africa if he had any identification with Ferragamo who also lived between the two worlds. “My mother is Algerian, I grew up in Ethiopia and then in Sicily; I’ve moved a lot throughout my life and I’ve always found myself in a maverick position,” he replied. “At the same time, I have a very self-disciplined sense of self to find ways to do things the way I like and to improve myself through what I do. Not comparing myself to Master Ferragamo, but I think he exists There’s something moving about the way that reminds me of how to approach my life.”

Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams The opening comes a few weeks after the company dropped Salvatore from the brand name and simply called it Ferragamo. The film is a fitting tribute to the man behind the shoe. Vita brevis, as they say, ars longa. Guadagnino worked with stop-motion artist/animator Pes to create an epilogue for the autobiographical portion of the film. Hollywood Dreams: Pes’ Footwear Ballet is a kaleidoscope of digital shoes that tap, stomp and spin the way Busby Berkley does. The film ends at a time when the world seems to have fallen into a trough.

“We live in the oppression of numbers, in the oppression of hypercapitalism, in the oppression of hyperinformation,” Guadagnino noted. “I hope this movie shows how much you can do without using your phone and without relying on the opinions of others. Ferragamo did it.” The takeaway is that we can all.

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