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Valentino: The Last Emperor
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Amazing... You will adore this. --New York Magazine
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You see the sense of style that pervades the life. The entertaining, the travel, the pampered pets.
While the film is a fully positive portrait of this marvelous fashion house and its two leaders, the future looms. The company was sold in 1998 (and then again). The corporate owners don't appreciate the art and want more handbags, shoes and ready to wear. There are glimpses of this pressure as the film leads up to Rome's "45 Years of Valentino", a retrospective with pageantry worthy of its subject.
The film has a genuine quality. Some shots, being candid, won't have the perfect balance and people hesitate in speech. You see the tension in the preparation for big shows.
While others will not appreciate the film, if you are interested in the art of fashion, this is a must see.
Valentino's former boyfriend and the business partner responsible for making Valentino SpA an international success, Giancarlo Giammetti, graces this film with multiple interviews. Valentino speaks for himself as well, but we get to know him best by observing the work and bickering behind the scenes in his design studio, runway shows, and at a lavish bash at his Chateau de Wideville outside of Paris. Because this film encompasses the 2007 retrospective celebration, we get some glimpses back in time as well as a look at the process of creating new designs.
At one time, designers made money by selling clothes. In the 1980s, it was licensing. In the 1990s, fashion houses became commodities for international investment companies. Valentino kept on designing through it all. In 1998, Valentino and Giammetti sold the company to HdP. In 2002, Valentino SpA was sold to Marzotto Group -and this film witnesses some of the clashes of priorities between Valentino and Mateo Marzotto. We watch as the company is sold in 2007 to Peramira LLC, a private equity company whose goal is clearly to make money.Read more ›
Actually, some of my favorite parts of this doc are those filmed at Valentino's homes. Watching his majordomo and team of staff prepare for parties and their employer's comings and goings is quite extraordinary. I loved the footage in which rugs were changed out for an upcoming "do" at the chateau. I especially liked the story behind his acquisition and restoration of his chateau. The end result of his touch (and considerable investment) is just stunning.
If you love beauty and enjoy looking at oppulence, you will find this documentary very pleasing. The best part for me is watching Valentino's designs. Just flawless!
You also view his homes, his vacations, and gain insight into his private life with his partner of 45 years, Giancarlo. Giancarlo helped him make turn his fashion business into an empire and now it is in a transition stage in which a corporation owns it outright. Will Valentino retire at 75 or keep designing?
You see his final bow in which hundreds of his dresses are on view and fashion folks from all over the world come to honor him and see his best work and final show. This is a splendid documentary on the legend that is Valentino and gives you a glimpse of the haute couture world. There are subtitles. But I loved listening to the Italian and French.
If you love fashion, design and Valentino, you will not be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Saw this wonderful movie at The Palm Springs International Film Festival a few years ago, and have wanted the DVD for my collection for ages. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by D. Chaban-Delmas
Beautiful. What a rare and insightful film. Captures artistry and style.Published 3 months ago by Fatima Salahuddin
A great movie to watch if you appreciate the art of fashion.Published 7 months ago by Braithwaite "Sir"
Beautiful Inspiring and informative. Really loved it and sent it on to share.Published 10 months ago by Girish Yogiraj
Marvelous DVD. Have always been an admirer of Valentino's work. This DVD was wonderful. Arrived when promised and was as advertised.Published 12 months ago by pinesiskin