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Valentino The Last Emporer
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01.14.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Matt Tyrnauer

Actors:
Valentino Garavani
Giancarlo Giammetti

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This documentary is an up close and personal look at Fashion Designer God Valentino Garavani, the man, his life and his passion for design. This film encompasses fifty years of fashion with a whoís who and whatís what that you have to see to believe.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When it comes to fashion (my own), Iíd like to think Iím pretty good at matching up a stylish ensemble, but when it comes to the world of fashion, itís designers and the slew of models that light up the runways, Iím probably a little behind the times. VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR is what it is: a slick feast for the eyes fashion documentary about one of the greatest fashion designers of all time. Did I enjoy it? Not particularly. But was it a bad film, not at all, especially if youíre into fashion.

I knew who Valentino was, so I guess thatís a start, but the only two valid experiences I have with fashion are one: the fact that I used to religiously watch Fashion Television back in Junior High mainly because of all the gratuitous boob shots (which there were a plenty in this film), and two: all the random models Iíve worked with over the years in the restaurant business whoís crazy stories about what really goes on when the cameras are off were enough to make a true blockbuster. One of my best friends is a model and her godfather a designer, and from what I hear itís hard ass work.

Valentino and his best bud/business partner Giancario Glammetti go on to explain just that, fashion is definitely not as easy as one might perceive. These guys are perfectionists and Valentino himself has been dreaming of designing clothing since he was thirteen years old and will no doubt keep doing it until the day he dies. His peers adore him, his rivals respect him and the fans explode with emotion whenever heís around. This guyís definitely the Hugh Hefner of clothing, though Iím not sure I dig his all dude entourage or the fact he has five ugly ass dogs following him around everywhere he goes.

VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR is gold if you love fashion and follow itís hierarchy of designers and gurus. If you donít (which I donít), itís easy enough to follow and even fun in parts (though most of the dialogue is in Italian with English subtitles so you have to be quick). I will admit that it amazes me when I see someone just drum up a dress concept in their head, sketch it out and then bring their masterpiece to life as Valentino does, whether you love or loath fashion itself, you canít help but be in awe as you watch the amazing process come to life.
THE EXTRAS
The Perfect Life: Around the world with Valentino: Now this thirty minute feature may indeed be anyoneís breaking point as far your love or hate goes for Valentino. We get to see him travel the world in style, living a life of extreme luxury most of us canít even properly dream of. I know Iím envious.

The Last Collection: Here we get an eight minute look at his last complete collection of clothing. The cloths are exceptionally beautiful, but the sad part is, maybe two percent of the women in the world could actually pull them off. Then again, I suppose the same could be said for most runway fashion.

A Red Dress: Here we go back to the summer of 2006 and a specific dress Valentino became obsessed with creating. Again, the dress is spectacular, but not many women could pull it off or afford it.

Trailer: Here we get a pretty cool feature film trailer, as far as documentaries go that is.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Youíre either into fashion or youíre not. And if you donít like that one, think of it as SEX AND THE CITY with a group of old dudes instead of chicks. Okay, so neither of those descriptions sound very enticing, but thatís about the best way to describe a flick about fashion. Iím pretty sure you get the picture.

Extra Tidbit: ZOOLANDER, now THAT was a fun take on the fashion world.
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