Saturday, May 02, 2009

Valentino: The Last Emperor ~ The Movie

Friday Night I went to see Valentino: The Last Emperor with a friend. It was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This movie is totally different from the Chanel series that we all either watched on public television or on YouTube. That series focused more on the making of a collection...there were a lot of workroom shots...and behind the scenes shots.

This was all about Valentino and his career. Yes, you saw a few shots of the work room and the seamstresses, but the movie is predominately about Valentino...the man he was, the man he became, and the man he now is. There are also a lot of celebrities and famous women he dressed mentioned, as well as, featured in the movie...and an entire segment on his 45th Anniversary Celebration!

It is definitely a documentary but it also is engrossing and interesting right up until the end. I even got a little teary eyed at the finish...I know it's in limited release but a friend of mine sent me the schedule...which of course reminded me that I hadn't seen it yet. Listed below is a synopsis of the movie as well as cities and states where it's playing...(thanks Patti & Patty!)

VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR
a film by matt tyrnauer

SYNOPSIS

"Shown in film festivals around the world to wide acclaim, VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR is a feature film that has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer, the film takes the viewer inside the singular world of the legendary designer Valentino. With unprecedented access, VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR follows the Italian maestro for the final two years of his celebrated career, capturing the end of an era in global fashion. But at the heart of the film is a love story: the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti."

96 minutes - USA - Color - in English/Italian/French with English subtitles

NOW PLAYING NATIONWIDE :

NEW YORK CITY -
Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza and CC Cinemas 1,2,3
HUNTINGTON, NY - Cinema Arts Centre
CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Cinema
MONTCLAIR, NJ -
Clairidge Cinemas
GREENWICH, CT - Bow Tie Cinema Plaza 3
CAMBRIDGE, MA - AMC Loews Harvard Town Square 5
BROOKLINE, MA - Coolidge Corner Theater
CHICAGO. IL - AMC Loews Pipers Alley 4 and Landmark Renaissance Place (Highland Park)
LOS ANGELES, CA - Laemmle Sunset 5 and AMC Century City 15
ORANGE COUNTY, CA - Edwards Island 7 and Edwards University Town Center 6
PALM SPRINGS, CA - Camelot Theaters
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Landmark Embarcadero
BERKELEY,CA - Landmark Shattuck
SAN RAFAEL,CA - Smith Rafael Center
SAN JOSE, CA - Camera 7

STARTING APRIL 24TH
BUFFALO, NY at
Dipson North Park
DC (BETHESDA, MD) at Regal Bethesda 10
PHILADELPHIA, PA at Clearview's Bala Theatre 10
ENCINO, CA at Laemmle's Town Center 5
SACRAMENTO, CA at Tower Theater
HOUSTON, TX at Angelika Film Center
AUSTIN, TX at Regal Arbor Cinema @Great Hills

STARTING MAY 1ST
HONOLULU, HI at
Reading Kahala Theaters
BALTIMORE, MD at Charles Theatre
PORTLAND, OR at Cinema 21

STARTING MAY 8TH
DALLAS, TX -
Angelika Film Center
PLANO , TX - Angelika Film Center
MEMPHIS, TN at Ridgeway Four
SAN DIEGO, CA - Reading Cinemas

STARTING IN JUNE
NASHVILLE, TN at
Belcourt Theatre
SALT LAKE CITY, UT at SLC Film Center

MORE CITIES TO BE ANNOUNCED IMMINENTLY
WWW.VALENTINOMOVIE.COM


I hope that if it's playing in a city near you that you will take the time to see it!




10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder about this movie - I had heard it was being made and was wanting to see it. It'll be showing down the street from me on May 8th!

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  2. Ohhhh, I've got to see it. The closest showing of it for me is Austin. I can definetly use a weekend trip over there. :):):)

    Hugs,
    Lory

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  3. This sounds like an interesting documentary. Of course, Michigan is not on the list. Probably because it doesn't involve automobiles! Or lack of.

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  4. Thanks for posting the showing. I'm lucky that it going to be here this week. Dragging DH with me.

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  5. I saw it in Soho while I was in New York. It really made my trip to New York seem like the fashion tour that we were aiming for. Can't say it was the highlight though, that was meeting you and the others in person! I highly recommend the movie. It was like being a fly on the wall, he is such a fascinating person. It was his partner that was surprising. What a gracious man.

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  6. He was on Oprah with his partner talking about this movie...really fascinating!

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  7. I hope they will distribute it on Netflix because I guarantee it will never be closer than 100 miles from me! Thanks for the reminder!

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  8. My daughter & I went to see this on opening day in Memphis. We went to the matinee & practically had the theater to ourselves. It was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for posting about it. I wish I could have seen more of the early years & how he made it in Paris to be labeled couturier. Overall, though, it was a lovely testimony to his life's work as a designer.

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  9. I just watched this movie on Netflix. I know you mentioned it in another more recent post, but I couldn't find it. There is a virtual museum application you can download and see all of his designs. It looks like the 45 anniversary event, but as a virtual museum on your computer.

    It's located here:

    valentino-garavani-archives.org/


    A youtube demo is here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QixygX-1Cs

    Enjoy

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