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A fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer: Halston, the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of New York City nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello, and Billy Joel, among others) round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined the most beautiful and decadent era of recent memory.
- An Interview with Director Whitney Sudler-Smith and Producer Adam Bardach, presented by American Express
- Deleted Scene: GQ Interview
Must-see film --Fashion Week Daily
This film has a grander trajectory than just about any other fashion doc. --Entertainment Weekly
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Smith interviews Liza Minelli and tells her she was Halston's only friend at the time he died; she corrects him, and says that Liz Taylor, among others was there. She says she gave Halston his memorial service; Smith asks her what she sang; Liza replies that she didn't sing because the event was about Halston, not her. Couldn't Smith have looked up any newspaper clippings of the event?
He finds Halston's archives in boxes, unpacked at a Bible university in Nashville. Georgette Mosbacher, the head of Halston/Borghese, says her mother lives in Nashville, which is why I'm assuming the archives went there; she can deduct the cost of seeing her mother as a business expense to 'check on the archives'. Smith remarks that he has seen the archives, but doesn't ask why nothing has been done with them. No displays, the boxes were basically thrown in a room. Mosbacher obviously doesn't know or care what is being done to preserve the archives, and Smith isn't interested in enlightening her. Why?
Smith has lunch with Andre Leon Talley, and, again, hasn't done his research. He asks ALT who else he should interview! He also interrupts ALT, but is put in his place. Also, the racist anthem 'Dixie' is Smith's ring tone, and he has the Confederate flag on his license plate. I'm sure it's just a Southern Pride thing, right?
I had to turn off the movie when Smith wears aviator sunglasses, inside, to interview Ralph Rucci.
Please let someone else make a documentary of quality about Halston! This one surely cannot be the last word.
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Having worked with Halston in the 80s, I have to agree with the review by History Lover. This was a shallow and ill researched film which featured more of Whitney Smith's vapid egotism than the accomplishments of Halston himself. Despite his tragic fall from grace and demise, his accomplisments in his lifetime were many. He was a pioneer in fashion, in business, in licensing, worked to create a distinctive "American" look, and put American fashion front and center on the world stage. He supported the great choreographer Martha Graham and her company both personally and finacially till the end of his life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I feel bad for Andre Leon Talley having to put up with that ignorant, nacissistic fool. Whitney Sudler Smith is a treat to watch on Southern Charm mostly because he fails so hard... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Missed opportunity for director. This could have been so much more, if not for egotistical amateur director.Published 21 days ago by Movieslinger
It wasn't as terrible as I anticipated based on other reviews. But my motivation was to not to know more about Halston. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. russell
Horridly uneven documentary - ranges from decent to painful. The host/producer is embarrassing to watch at times BUT at least he made this, and I think he really does care about... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Art
I enjoyed it. I know more now than I did before about Halston. If anyone else can make a better film, go ahead.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Okay. So this is not the best made fashion documentary, but I can't help but enjoy watching it. I couldn't care less about the filmmaker/interviewer who narrates and appears... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S.K. Sloan