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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: High fashion in your front room

It’s unexpected for high fashion to mix with murder, but The Assassination of Gianni Versace - American Crime Story, seems like a natural, even if concerning, fit. Starring Penelope Cruz and Darren Criss, it boasts a blockbuster cast well qualified to take on the box office. However, the nine-part BBC series is expertly tailored for the slightly smaller screen.  
As a story confined to the pages of fashion magazines, the series is an opportunity for viewers to understand the fashion mogul’s life and death through an accessible medium. It follows the murder of Gianni by his ex-lover Andrew Cunanan and immediately positions the viewer in a state of discomfort. You are confused by Andrew's sweet exterior, yet horrific secrets and interrupted by the introduction of Donatella, Versace's sister.

Shots bathed in golden light immediately involve viewers in the timeline of Versace and Andrew. By switching between perspectives, the series evokes a powerful nostalgia for a past only just …

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