DVD EXTRAS: Outtakes, Original Theatrical Trailer
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The filmmaker had one on one access to Lagerfeld and followed him for an extended amount of time. It was like a fan asking a favorite star all sorts of questions for their personal benefit. The rest of us were just SOL. Lagerfeld is an icon in the fashion world and we didn't get much perspective on it. There was a throwaway line about a 30 year relationship that was ended - though there was no explanation given.
Lagerfeld spend more time talking about his night pillow than his business or achievements.
If you are a fashion fan - just rent it - just don't expect a lot of insight.
I guess the hard core "School of Parsons" folks will get more out of than the "amateur" fashion fans.
First, the hand-held camera work is the worst in the history of cinema (it makes your head spin and your stomach turn); the use of Baroque background music is in the style of the most banal French television documentary; 25% of the film is wasted on ocean views, sky views, city views, views through a car windshield, and there is even a long long take of an open window with no-one there (the top of KL's head bobs up once or twice; the narrator's questions to KL are usually so superficial and idiotic that even KL criticizes them on film; the narrator is clearly embarrassed by homosexuality and KL is clearly irritated by the generally bourgeois frame of mind of the interviewer (AND it is distinctly the bourgeois that KL hates above all, as witnessed during the few insightful moments of this film). KL comes off as a determined, confident, gifted guy, and with a disarming sense of humor and humanity. Ultimately, one feels, there is something in ordinary human life, and in people, that fills him with absolute dread and revulsion. This is interesting and doesn't get enough treatment, though KL is very happy to talk about it at length. One strength of the film, and probably unconscious on the part of the director, is that the world KL moves through has a great ordinariness and deadness about it: essentially unappealing decors of his homes; settings for his fashion shows that feel like a hip nightclub around closing time, when everything is dirty, tired, spent, and smelling of stale liquor. Essentially, KL's world is not glamorous, and he is honest enough to admit to it. It's an existence that has most appeal in the photograph of it, edited and digitally corrected to the max.Read more ›
We see Lagerfeld’s chaotic Paris apartment, we go backstage with him at a big show, into a studio for a photo shoot, and we travel with him on his many rides in a Gulfstream private jet, presumably paid for by his employer, Chanel.
We see Lagerfeld kissing Nicole Kidman on both cheeks at a Chanel event like he created her. On the rare occasion Lagerfeld is interviewed one-on-one, he is droll, mischievous, enlightening and intelligent. But sadly these interviews only account for a few minutes of the film; the rest is fly-on-the-wall stuff; although we don’t get to see much fashion.
There really are no revealing moments in this documentary; you really don’t feel you have learned anything about the man. In fact Lagerfeld's mannerisms and stage-props appear like a kind of haute couture armour which makes any form of intimacy with him impossible. As an haute couture designer, Lagerfeld is one of the few left from the golden age and oh what he could teach and tell us all about that time. But he does not appear at all sentimental about the past living very much in the moment, he is forward looking. Onward and upward as they say!
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Nice view of the life of a creative person who appreciates his skill as well as understands it's frailty. Great story and leaves you wanting more.Published 7 months ago by Sandra Hambarian
He walks through the room as if nothing fazes him. He talks as though he's got everything figured out. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mylz
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The best! Gives you a true insight into the mind of this geniusPublished 17 months ago by Lourdes Von Kruss
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