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"During Diana Vreeland's fifty year reign as the "Empress of Fashion," she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever. "

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  • Actors: Diana Vreeland
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AFQSZ0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By LKP on December 26, 2012
Format: DVD
A day or two after I saw this film, I was still grinning. Diana Vreeland, not unlike Auntie Mame, understood that life really IS a banquet. She was one of those remarkable "People Who Notice"; and through her unquenchable curiosity and enthusiasm she made us notice too. When I was a young person, growing up in Blue Collar USA, I scraped together allowance money to buy Vogue. It widened my horizons, and affirmed my urge to get to the Big City and become part of an urban creative environment. No mere "fashion rag", the exuberance and style of Vogue magazine represented a wider world - a place where anything could happen. Watching this film, we get to eavesdrop on that unique/lavish period in publishing, where boundaries were expanded, ideas flourished, and that giddy sense of "Why NOT?!" was rampant. This film covers her whole life (not just the years at Vogue) and it is a wonderfully-conceived cultural Time Capsule - with crisp, fast-paced editing, and a wealth of captivating images. Best of all, it is a marvelous, rollicking and thoughtful look at a singular Woman Of Influence. I enjoyed this film for dozens of reasons!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Art on December 15, 2012
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This is one of those films that makes you feel good. A brilliant woman, and delightfully eccentric, her impact on the fashion world (and beyond) is legendary. The film has several interviews with her and does a wonderful job telling the story of her life and career. The pace dips a little towards the end, but not enough to detract from this wonderful film. Diana is so captivating, full of energy, brilliant, and fun (albeit a tough cookie). Watching this film, there were several times I thought "I need to remember that quote!" Visually, the film is an absolute treat, and I highly recommend the book by the same name if you want a coffee table version of this movie. Bottom line, I would love to have lunch with Diana Vreeland... but since that is not possible this is the next best option.

I was hoping to give it as Christmas gifts, but they are not releasing it until February... which is too bad because this would have made wonderful stocking stuffers (Chanel stockings, of course!)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 18, 2013
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I had been looking forward to seeing this documentary for quite some time and it finally arrived in the theater here in Cincinnati this weekend. You betcha I went to see this right away! In the Fall of 2011, a hardcover book called "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel" was released, to critical acclaim. Now finally comes the documentary.

"Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel" (2012 release; 86 min.) starts with a brilliant opening credits/photo-montage as the soundtrack features the Rolling Stones' "She's A Rainbow". After that introduction, we get a chronological look back on Diana's life. The beauty is that Diana herself does most of the talking in the documentary (taken from tapes she recorded for her auto-biography "D.V." in the early 80s). Of course there are a lot of celebrities (both A and B lists) giving their thoughts on how Diana influenced the fashion industry when she was at Harper's Bazaar and later at Vogue. When Diana found a new "face" (such as Cher, or Twiggy, or Barbra Streisand, or Lauren Hutton), "she saw things in people before they saw it in themselves", comments someone. Tellingly, Diana later observes "It's not the dress, it's the life you live in the dress", which to me makes clear that fashion for Diana is not a end to itself, simply a means. Another quote from Diana later on that struck me: "I shall die young. I don't know whether it will be at 70, 80 or 90. But I shall die young!". Diana lived to be 86, and yes, she died young.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, this documentary is a celebration of the genuis in Diana Vreeland, truly a remarkable woman on every level.
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"Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel" is a cinematic complement to the book of the same name, co-authored by Diana Vreeland's granddaughter-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who co-directed the film as well. It chronicles the life and work of Diana Vreeland (née Dalziel), who was born to affluence in 1903 Belle Époque Paris, moved to the United States a decade later, and went on to become the influential fashion editor of "Harper's Bizarre" for 26 years, followed by an even more influential stint as editor-and-chief of "Vogue" for 9 years, topped off by ground-breaking work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in the 1970s. Vreeland's story is told through showcases of her work, interviews with family and colleagues, and through a voiceover commentary taken from interviews Vreeland gave her biographer in 1983, which I believe is delivered by an actress in the film.

Diana Vreeland had an important influence on Western culture of the 20th century. She understood style. She invented female glamour. She introduced the bikini bathing suit to America. She presented fashion and fashion photography as art. She made models into personalities. She understood cultural trends and upheavals as they were taking place and knew that people want to express their relationship to their culture in the way they dress. And she showed them how. She was very powerful in her own way. It's unfortunate that fashion is not taken more seriously by historians, unless they are fashion historians, as so much is represented in fashion, especially in times of rapid change: new technologies, changing roles and values. Vreeland also introduced the conspicuously ugly model which is unfortunately still a staple of the fashion industry.
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