Carlo Gesulado (aka Gesualdo da Venosa) was a man of many talents and honors. Living in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, he was the Italian Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, as well as a noble musician known for his madrigals. Yet, his handiwork extended beyond music because what really made him famous was his grisly murder of his wife and her lover in a fit of rage. She'd had a man on the side for some time, and got careless one night when her husband was away. Carlo came back, saw his wife in a rather compromising situation and murdered them both. Now word has it that Bernardo Bertolucci is going to bring the story to the big screen.

For the most part, this project should be a smooth jump for the director. His forays with The Dreamers and his short Ten Minutes or Older: The Cello are good primer, and he just has to top it with some vengeful violence. I'm curious to see how much of that fateful night Bertolucci will show -- accounts say that Carlo stabbed his wife repeatedly while shouting "she's not dead yet!" and that she was "viciously stabbed in the parts which it is best for a woman to keep modest." Obviously, this Prince was definitely of the lovely, charming variety. The director is currently writing the script with Mark Peploe, who collaborated with the director on the Oscar-winning The Last Emporer. Peploe wrote a first draft called Heaven and Hell (not to be confused with John Jakes' text that was part of North and South), which has since been "radically redone." Once the script is finished and producer Jeremy Thomas secures financing, Bertolucci direct the piece, having slid his previous project Bel Canto, on indefinite hold.
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