It's a movie set, as Angelina Jolie, playing the troubled, heroin-addicted supermodel Gia Carangi in the HBO film ''Gia,'' sits on the floor in front of a roll of seamless paper. Edmond Genest, deep into the character of the photographer Francesco Scavullo, surrounded by the lights and black umbrellas of his trade, peers through the camera lens. They're recreating what turned out to be Gia's last Cosmopolitan magazine cover, as the model, bloated from methadone treatments and stuffed into a strapless Fabrice party dress, struggled to regain her standing in the fashion industry. The scene is well under way. Moments later, Gia erupts into a rage.
Sign in. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Gia TV Movie. Hide Spoilers. I'm here to write a small human spin on the film Gia. As this film claims, Gia WAS different things to different people.
The nearly deserted except for an occasional derelict warehouse district of old L. She is startlingly beautiful. For the fashion layout shoot scene in the alley! In the scene, she motorcycles off the photo shoot to get a fix, and thus the wig had to be securely pasted on her head.
But, hang on. Did you catch the name in the middle there: Gia Carangi? Younger readers, unless they have seen the eponymous film Gia in which Angelina Jolie played Carangi, may need some introduction to the woman who was once called "the world's first supermodel" and "the hottest cover girl" of the late Seventies and early Eighties. For the life of Gia tells a story of modelling which is not one of fame, fortune and a glamorous land where the sun always shines and the party never stops, where dreams perforce come true and everyone is officially beautiful. Gia, in the days before the term supermodel had been coined, appeared on the cover of Cosmo and Vogue in America, Britain, France and Italy.