The Assassination of Gianni Versace

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It may be called , but the FX series is really about the life and death of his murderer Andrew Cunanan, a boy/man who longs for the trappings of success without doing the work needed to achieve it.

Kept by a string of elderly male lovers in the style to which undoubtedly believes he was born too, Cunanan becomes a poster child for the eighties decade in which he grew up, the world of conspicuous consummation as a symbol of ‘being loved.’ At one point Cunanan asks a friend to give him an expensive gift in front a large crowd so, in his words, they can see that he is loved. What is sadder still is that Cunanan has brought the gift himself.

Weaved into Cunanan’s killing spree is the shadowy underworld of the eighties and nineties gay culture, which leaves all those involved open to ridicule, blackmail and violence and reminds us of exactly why there was a need for gay marriage. When Gianni Versace is murdered his lover is effectively left with no rights to anything, unlike a wife.

 

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The series cleverly moves backward and forwards in time revealing with every episode more of what makes Cunanan the man he becomes until in episode eight, ‘Creator Destroyer,’ we finally meet his father, Filipino migrant driven by a desire to make it in the USA no matter who he hurts.
He works as a stockbroker swindling his clients to afford the lavish lifestyle that shows he is a winner and anyone who interferes with his fantasy like his long-suffering wife, feels the back of his hand. Here is a life based on delusion and it’s not hard to see from where Andrew Cunanan’s obsession with possessions stems.

During this episode, the series goes as far as to suggest that Andrew is sexually abused by his father. Though there is little evidence for this, it’s another way to explain the outbursts of violence that Andrew Cunanan had through his life.

In the end, as Andrew is finally hunted down while living appropriately enough, in a swanky beach house which he has broken into, we see a man alone. Deserted by his father, his friends and his dreams he is left to watch the Versace funeral on TV before he is finally surrounded and takes his own life.

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