Movies locations – Vignamaggio

Kenneth Branagh chose Vignamaggio, in Tuscany, as the setting for his 1993 adaptation of the theatrical comedy “Much ado about nothing”.

Vignamaggio is in the geographical and enological heart of the Chianti Classico region, half way between Florence and Siena.

The estate was already famous as the birthplace of Mona Lisa in 1479.

Villa Vignamaggio
Much ado about nothing – the cast

Emma Thompson and…

Kenneth Branagh!

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh is a Northern Irish director, producer, and screenwriter.

As a director he loved to experiment and range from crime stories and action thrillers to historical novels and comedies.

He has a real obsession for Shakespeare, he has starred in a series of plays of the huge Shakespearean production and he has also directed and performed some adaptations, including Henry V and Hamlet.

From 1989 to 1995, he was married to Emma and they appeared together in Fortunes of war, Look Back in Anger, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Dead again and Peter’s friends. During their marriage he began an affair with Helena Bonham Carter with which he was in a relationship until 1999.

Recently Emma says Kenneth Branagh’s infidelity fueled Love Actually performance. “That scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it’s something everyone’s been through,” she affirmed. “That is… all blood under the bridge. You can’t hold on to anything like that. It’s pointless. I haven’t got the energy for it… Helena and I made our peace years and years ago” she said.

Why on earth a so beautiful woman, surrounded by good-looking and brilliant actors, fell in love with one such himself?!

Much ado about nothing (1993)

Much ado about nothing

Much ado about nothing is a romantic comedy film based on the play written by William Shakespeare in 1599. The plot is reduced to a minimum in favour of the verbal delight.

In a lovely and sun drenched setting in Italy, Kenneth Branagh directs the movie and play the role of Benedick, opposite Beatrice played by Emma Thompson, his real wife at that time. In the movie they are involved in a love tussle that amuses the audience.

Much ado about nothing is definitely a well-made comedy, full of witty jokes and magnificent eloquence, the actors are young and beautiful and yet there’s something in it that I don’t like. Maybe Branagh? I can’t deny that I have a strong dislike for him since he cheated on Emma.

It’s weird but I can’t stand movies in which the two act together.

Nonetheless I must admit that it is a good film.

Emma is hilarious and teasing, she is very confident and comfortable in her role and her mother is in the cast as Ursula.

Much ado about nothing – Pic nic scene

Then sigh not so, but let them go,

And be you blithe and bonny,

Converting all your sounds of woe

Into hey nonny, nonny.