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Lagerfeld Confidential

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For the first time, Karl Lagerfeld, the innovative designed who has ruled the House of Chanel for more than two decades, agreed to trust a director to create an artwork based on his life. After three years of crosscrossing the globe filming the outspoken icon, Rudolphe Marconi unveils the inner workings of the influential and enigmatic star.

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  • Actors: Karl Lagerfeld, Nicole Kidman, Brad Kroening, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Christy Bella Joiner
  • Directors: Rodolphe Marconi
  • Producers: Gregory Bernard, Matthieu Warter, Sindika Dokolo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lagerfeld Confidential" on IMDb

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This documentary was like time travelling back in time to ask DaVinci how to boil water.

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.
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Creatively, if Karl L. is a 10, the director of this movie is a minus 0.
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.
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I understand that many are critical of Lagerfeld, and rightfully so, as he has a way with words that may either entertain or irk the inner-reccesses of your psyche. He is a genius. He is arrogant. I guess the top in most fields will have some twist to their unique character that enabling them to propel with new visions - or borrowed modified in new light.

I think that the movies, personally is entertaining. I like the strong character seeing some of the "ignorant" views from the bubble of praise he must live in - and deserves. I respect his work, I like his tongue that offends many. Others it motivates. I am in the second category.

The question, for you, is why are you viewing this. If you are interested in fashion, fashion design, or autobiography like documentaries I think this will be of interest to you. If the tilt is mainly fashion I would recommend this regardless if whether you like him or not - it is a good way to see a segment of the high-end industry and how it works for the successful, somehow. If your favourite viewing genres are more mainstream and politically correct - you may want to look elsewhere.

This gets a five from me, as it is brilliant. Even the irksome arrogance he speaks of is often lined with truth. The perspective matters. Think well - of you buy - enjoy it for what it is. It is unique.
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Maybe “Lagerfeld Confidential” is not the right title for this documentary. The entire film is an up-close, straightforward portrayal of Karl Lagerfeld, to be sure, but for anyone who is looking for an in-depth look into what made him one of the most influential icons in the fashion world, Rodolphe Marconi’s documentary would seem superficial.

You will not learn much about the personal history or career of Karl Lagerfeld, or the wide variety of his works. The documentary film looks like bits of footage about the designer working and talking, all pieced together at random. You are going to see inside his mansion, and witness how he draws, surrounded by stacks of books, or how he works with Nicole Kidman for a Chanel photo shoot, and so on, but not much that is really interesting.

But Karl Lagerfeld himself is something different. He talks before the camera about his childhood and his philosophies of life, and these bits themselves are pretty interesting partly because of the way in which Lagerfeld speaks. You are not perfectly sure who he is or what he really thinks, but you know he is acting out the role of Karl Lagerfeld, and he does it perfectly.

After all this is a film about Karl Lagerfeld, a sharp-witted man who has successfully remained an elusive figure. Probably that’s what he wants, and he does it very well. Superficial as it is, at least “Lagerfeld Confidential” shows that.
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