Valentino: The Last Emperor
First screened in December 2009
Director: Matt Tyrnauer. Documentary about the legendary fashion designer as he approaches his 45th anniversary in the business and the possibilities of corporate takeover and retirement. Interview subjects include Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti, and Matteo Marzotto, with appearances by Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Gwyneth Paltrow, André Leon Talley, Dante Ferretti, Tom Ford, Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, and Anne Hathaway. Twitter Capsule:
Limited, but proffers a vivid impression of the man and his monomaniacal focus on glamor at all costs.
Portrait emerges more forcefully and poignantly than I'd expected, it doesn't push hard or linger long.