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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013)

Mary-Kate Olsen , Ashley Olsen , Matthew Miele  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Candice Bergen, Joan Rivers, Susan Lucci
  • Directors: Matthew Miele
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's the most mythic of all American emporiums - and the scene of many an ultimate fashion fantasy. Now audiences get a rarified chance to peek behind the backroom doors and into the reality of the fascinating inner workings and fabulous untold stories from Bergdorf Goodman's iconic history. The legend, the parties, the fashion idols, the windows, the women, the buyers and shoppers - and most of all, the quintessentially American dreams of New York's high-fashion hot-spot - all come to life in an ode to a realm where creativity and commerce reign equally supreme.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Being someone who watches documentaries about every conceivable subject, I like to speculate about how much cross-over appeal a movie might have. Some documentaries strike such a universal chord, they can be embraced by a diverse array of viewers. Others may have a more specialized allure. Matthew Miele's "Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's" might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is practically essential entertainment if you follow fashion and/or if you're a shopping enthusiast. Profiling New York's legendary department store Bergdorf Goodman, this star studded affair is a veritable who's who of the fashion world. From designers to celebrity clientele, dozens upon dozens of well known personages weigh in on what has made this shopping destination such an iconic and elite spot.

It would be virtually impossible to rattle off the names of every contributor to this project, but here's a sampling of some of the bigger ones: Designers include Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, and Dolce & Gabbana. Clients include Joan Rivers, Candice Bergin, and Susan Lucci. But these are only a fraction of the subjects interviewed. The list of established, as well as up-and-coming, designers included is truly astounding. Each is committed to the notion that Bergdorf's is the absolute pinnacle of the fashion world. If your line is there, you've really made it.

Aside from these testimonials, the documentary offers a nice amount of behind-the-scenes footage. We get a historical time line as the Bergdorf's legend evolved, get to know the head buyer and taste maker of the store, meet one of the shop's most notorious personal shoppers, and spend a few months with the team readying the dazzling Christmas window display.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not into fashion, but loved the characters September 7, 2013
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I'm not into fashion at all, but I loved this documentary. I am also in love with everything New York City and nothing is more New York then Bergdorfs. Even though I could never afford to buy anything in Bergdorfs it is still a fascinating place to visit and see how the other half lives.

The people in this documentary were fascinating and the film does a good job moving from subject to subject in a quick pace. I thought this film would bore me, but it was quite the opposite due to the skill of the filmakers. Great documentary for anyone who is into fashion or people who love New York history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The fabled Department Store Bergdorf Goodman is profiled here, and this is a behind the scenes look at it, and it is fascinating. If you love fashion, as I do, and labels, as I do, you will LOVE this video. I've shopped there before, and had personal shoppers before, but had NO IDEA the amount of money they make, nor the amount of money these big moneyed customers drop at a single shopping trip (amazing!). If you're fascinated by the uber-rich and their world, you will eat this UP.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Watched with Champagne & a Smile January 5, 2014
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This was a tres fun documentary about NYC stalwart Bergdorf's. How I enjoyed it! How I wanted to book a flight from the hideous redneck hellhole I'm currently stuck in, order a glass of champagne on the flight, all the while cooing into my cellphone "Make me an appointment with your best personal shopper, STAT!" Then put on my dark sunglasses and flee undercover of night, my two kitty carriers my only betrayal as to identity as I board my private jet to my new life of glamour and rich lover(s).

Anyhoo, if you enjoy following high fashion as I do, this is the documentary for you. Isaac Mizrahi is particularly bitchy, and it's really funny. I enjoyed the whole darn thing, and it was hilarious, as are the incredibly stupid reactions some people have had to it in the comments. Ahhhh, Bergdorf's. Someday we will be together again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the movie that makes you part of the Bergdorfs family October 3, 2013
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For anyone who loves the store and has a love of fashion, you really get a sense of behind the scenes and what it matters to the designers themselves who feel honoured to have their pieces there
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Wow!!! I have been waiting for this film since I heard about the book. This is for every fashionista out there.

It is stellar as a production and the behind the scenes look at this emporium of luxury and glamour is so exciting.

I have shopped here years ago without ever knowing how much of a unique experience being there really was; I was not
overwhelmed but rather rejoiced in all the beauty surrounding me there.

This film is gorgeous!!!! BG is gorgeous as a store! And as they say in the film, you need not be rich to shop there.

Funny thing, the window displays were heavily emphasized in this film and like the famous personal shopper, Betty, I as
a patron never looked at them, just opened a door and entered a world filled with luxury that made me joyous.

Bravo to all who took part in this film. Can't wait to own it as a DVD. It is a very delightful experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another View of the World August 25, 2013
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The world we see in "Scatter My Ashes..." is one that I grew up in, so I was very interested to view the movie. But after watching an hour and a half of such intense, silly, self-centered, deliberately self-insulating and alienating behavior, I was (sorry, our side)kind of sick. One speaker in particular summed up the callousness that is required to live that'll catch it if you watch the film...but many, many voice "the concupiscence of the oppressor."
Certainly, you can see it, and be amused. It has lots of "pretty." The music is often, but not always, good. Thematically, however,it is not strong or very cogent. For example, the periodic return to the process of windows being created for one year's Christmastime display was, overall, not enough to hold repeated interest. But - rent it. You meet many personalities already known to you by name; and as a saving grace for BG, you can get a sense of Linda Fargo's pure heart; she really just loves beautiful things.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Vogue magazine
This iconic store, no longer in the Goodman family since purchased by Neiman Marcus, has set the fashion standard for over fifty years. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Paula Crandall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Product came as described and its a great film for fashion lovers.
Published 17 days ago by Joel Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift
Gift for mother in law who worked at Bergdorf's during the 1950's. She loved it. Sentimental and historical.
Published 1 month ago by rrvol
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very nice.
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Published 3 months ago by LOUIS C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion History Must
Very much enjoyed this video, as did a friend whose family was part owner from the beginning.
Stunning vintage stills!
Published 3 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Haute Video!
Love the store, love the vibe, loved this video....the pièce de ré·sis·tance in the video world! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michaelman2
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta see this!
for anyone who is interested in the behind-the-scenes of the fashion industry--a must see!
Awesome and amazing holiday window dressing! WOW!
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer R NyBlom
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this!!
This was entertaining, fun, informative because I really love fashion.. this was a fun film to watch. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Doucette
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty Documentary About New York's Iconic Fashion Store
SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF'S looks at the interior workings of Manhattan's famous store, interviews some of their most celebrated employees and talks to a series of fashion... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
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