Friday, August 20, 2010
Valentino: The Last Emperor
I watched this last night and enjoyed it immensely. Of all the fashion -related movies I have seen, this is one of the best. It tells a great story, and shows many unguarded moments, although Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino's longtime business partner and companion would say that Valentino is intensely private and you can never really know his private thoughts.
There is a certain hauteur to Valentino but it is easy to forgive him for it because his creations are so amazing, and his manner more often gracious than not. It seems to me that it is inherent in a prolifically creative person that they also have a strong sense of their own importance. How can you not become a little self-important? At one point Valentio and Giancarlo are talking about the runway show production around the corner from the camera and Valentino declares, " I want them on their knees before me!"
Valentino and Giancarlo also have some tender moments and it truly is amazing to watch this film and see all they have accomplished together. Amazing film.