Marcello Mastroianni (1924-1996), the actor who personified the Italian latin lover during the Dolce Vita, taped in the Casagrande dei conti Brandolini d’Adda the movie Mogliamante (1977). The film tells the story of a politically engaged intellectual and businessman who escapes from the authorities and goes into hiding on his neighbor’s property.
Since her husband pronounced her frigid on her wedding night, Antonia DeAngelis has been an invalid. When her husband disappears, she believes him dead: she leaves her bed and takes over his business. She discovers her husband's passions, his political writing, mistresses, and his indifference to the peasants on her family's land. She improves their lot, begins an affair with a young foreign doctor, and publishes her husband's writings. All this time, he's hiding from a murder charge in a house across the square. Amazed, he watches her become his sexual and social equal. After the police drop the murder charge, will he disappear, end his life, or rejoin her on new terms?
The shots for this movie were done throughout the house and the traditional “granai” which are still a part of the house. The theme of voyeurism is told in sepia colored scenes and dressed up in turn of the century accoutrements.