The 1990 MGM takeover: The craziest financial heist in the history of Hollywood studios.

 

Money, politics and show business. Ingenuity and determination. Burning passion and easy lies. This is the rise and fall of a bold Italian entrepreneur. While Silvio Berlusconi appears as a minor character, the protagonist of this story is a lesser-known, more adventurous tycoon: Giancarlo Parretti. Giancarlo started out as a dishwasher in his small town of Orvieto to quickly work his way to becoming a successful businessman, driven by an insatiable lust for larger-than-life conquests. He associated with key financial and political players, ably exploiting them as the means towards an impossible end: gaining control of a Hollywood studio. MGM seemed unattainable, but in 1990 Giancarlo took it by storm. But just as his Hollywood dream came true, reality and lawyers started to catch up with him…