Il principe delle pezze
The Rag King
English Title: The Rag King
Director(s): Alessandro Di Ronza
Writer(s): Alessandro Di Ronza
Starring: Claudia Cardinale, Piero Tosi,Gabriella Pescucci, Colleen Atwood
Production Year: 2019
Duration: 52 minutes
Language: Italian with English subtitles
The narration starts from the workshop of Catello. Like in a modern fairytale, some boxes full of used clothes depart from there to arrive in some of the most prestigious Italian cinematographic costume shops. Among the Tirelli and Farani’s corridors and studios, the Academy Awards winners for best costume design Piero Tosi, Gabriella Pescucci and Colleen Atwood, with the special guest Claudia Cardinale, tell of their unique relationship with directors such as Luchino Visconti, Sergio Leone and Tim Burton, documenting the historical evolution of costume designing from the post-World War II period to the present day and how the great and innovative strength of the Italian school of film costume designers has also influenced overseas costume designers.
Through the story of a typical day, Catello talks about his beginnings marked by poverty, the social redemption occurred thanks to the lucky meeting with cinematographic costume designers and the way he chooses the most suitable dress for a character. Above all, he talks to us about his dreams and his deepest aspiration: being considered one day, not just a “rag-man”, but a real costume designer.