The Last Emperor

DVD - 2009
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It is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion, featuring unprecedented access to the high temples of Haute Couture. Follows the legendary Valentino and his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti during the final two years of their careers, and shows the struggles the two men face as they confront the final act of a nearly 50-year career at the top of the world's most glamorous and competitive game. An intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's richest and most famous men. Tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, Calif.] : Phase 4 Films, c2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Last emperor


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Apr 02, 2019

An amazing...mesmerizing look into the world of a great couturier...
VALENTINO behind the scenes...
Easily 5 stars!!!!

Dec 07, 2011

Wonderful behind-the-scenes peek at one of the most fascinating artisans of our time: Valentino Garavani. The gowns are gorgeous! He is a genius. I love the part in the film where he is telling the filmmaker that he often dreams of dresses in his sleep...and wakes up to begin furiously drawing his vision. AMAZING

Dec 06, 2011

I just love this man and his work, beautiful!!!!!!

Aug 15, 2011

Brilliant DVD that gives you a rare glimpse into Valentino's world. Very well documented, moving and funny. If you are interested in fashion, you will enjoy this DVD

Feb 17, 2010

I loved this inside look at the ostentatious and protected world of an haute couture fashion designer. I was a little envious at times and loved living vicariously through this lens.

I do have a history of verbally reviling the fashion industry for the most part, but now I can say that I appreciate much more the artisan work that goes into these creations of art.

Dec 20, 2009

This unscripted film, intelligently produced & directed by Matt Tymauer, a veteran writer & editor for “Vanity Fair”, documents the final 2 years in the career of renowned fashion designer Valentino Garavani. Instead of the more time-saving information-gathering techniques usually favoured by reporters, it uses an impeccable direct-cinema method in which the filmmaker just lets his subjects talk, then relies on brilliant editing after the fact to pare away excess & hone the story until it shines. Through the resulting narrative we gain unprecedented access to the minds, emotions, & creative processes of Valentino & his skillful entourage, including his business partner of 50 years (& lover for 12) Giancarlo Giammetti. We also gain (for once) an almost-adequately detailed glimpse of Valentino’s gorgeous gowns & the devastation wrought by global economic forces on the delicate world of haute couture. All in all, this film is a fitting tribute to the maestro (b. 1932) who dedicated his life to the love of beauty; whose controlled & controlling presence & lavish lifestyle were as much works of art as his frocks; who could slit an evening dress from floor to crotch & still make it appear ladylike; & who dressed such incomparable fashion luminaries as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, & Princess Diana. If this exquisite piece of movie-making about him doesn’t win the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary, there’s something seriously wrong with the Academy.

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