Caruso, the house of irreverent Italian menswear, has unveiled its second short film entitled, "The Good Italian ~ The Prince Travels to Milan", starring the suave and almost Shakespearean Italian actor, Giancarlo Giannini. This follow up to the first short film sees Mr. Giannini, "The Prince" as he is called, traveling to Milan for a stay at the Four Seasons hotel with his mustachioed assistant Fefe in a candy apple red drop top to the overture of an Italian tenor.
The "Prince" enters triumphantly but quietly at the same time while inferring that everything for this particular stay must be "perfect." Perfect for whom? No one knows. As a privileged guest, the Prince makes his way through the kitchen offering greetings and seemingly having been familiar with the staff only to stop and smell the roses--make that basil. But alas, there is basil and there is the "PERFECT" basil which is hand picked by the prince himself.
Later, in his hotel room, the Prince deliberates over his evening attire which further illuminates the them of perfection as he studies the roll of the lapel and confirms this is indeed the outfit for his special occasion. Here, Caruso inserts itself with a mannequin of a high brow--the gents eyebrows are aggressively arched--signore in a "PERFECT" blue suit.
The film concludes with an al fresco dinner between the prince and his special guest, which turns out to be his niece. Having just arrived from New York and with a free spirit of adventure the niece describes her desire to travel the world. The Prince proceeds to admonish his niece about the beauty and grandeur of Italy and how he is willing to pay for her entire trip should she not be satisfied with his personal tour of Italy.
While the film is exquisitely produced, it does have a heavy hand of Italian patriotism and felt a bit contrived. While the first film left viewers pinning for a bicycle ride through the Italian countryside and an appreciation of the unknown spectacle which can be found on the side of the road, the second film feels disappointingly like an advertisement for Italian tourism. Perfection? You be the judge.
See the first film here