As some of you already know, in 1992 Kenneth Branagh chose Vignamaggio as the setting for his adaptation of the theatrical comedy “Much ado about nothing”.
The video shooting at Vignamaggio lasts for more than two months, a lively period of time for Greve: we can still imagine Denzel Washington, Emma Thompson or Keanu Reeves strolling under the lodges of the main square.
THE SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY
This comedy, written by William Shakespeare’s in 1599, has enjoyed immense and lasting success.
“Much ado about nothing” begins with Prince Pedro of Aragon’s return to Messina, followed by his valiant knights who had accompanied him in battle.
As a guest on his friend’s estate, Don Pedro and his entourage waste no time in disrupting the hearts and lives of the house’s inhabitants. Love affairs, pranks, intrigue and deception animate the entire comedy, with everything finally coming together at the end: Love and truth pacify that “ado”, as all the deception is revealed.
Set in a villa close to Messina, most of the story unfolds in the rooms and internal courtyards of Leonato’s house or in the estate’s orchards.
Perhaps it was precisely for this reason that Kenneth Branagh chose Vignamaggio as the location for his film: the villa plays her role in the film alongside the actors in the cast, flaunting her timeless beauty.
Anyone who has seen this film, won’t forget the wooden-vat bathing scene, the knights’ arrival in the courtyard or the wonderful discussions in the Renaissance garden. Moments that take us back in time to a Vignamaggio in the 1500s.
The few, analogic pictures that we have, have been taken from Vignamaggio staff behind the scenes and unfortunately we don’t have a lot of them. We hope that you enjoy the ’90s genuine mood of these shots and we invite you to watch (or rewatch) the movie as soon as possible.