Friday, July 24, 2009

"It's a triumph of the will"

I worked with another writer who used to be a movie reviewer. He said that the job wasn't nearly as exciting as it sounds, and that he'd often have to write a ton of inane stuff to meet his word count.

After viewing Valentino: The Last Emperor with Nathalie, she suggested that I write a review about it. By no means do I think I'm qualified to do this. I took a few history of film classes in university, but that was the year I had a nervous breakdown and found myself crying on the subway more often than actually attending classes. Anyway, here it goes.

I kind of liked it. If you know nothing about this feature, it's a behind-the-scenes documentary by Matt Tyranauer that pretty much attempts to capture the idol worship surrounding this designer. Lots of pretty clothes. Plenty of beautiful people. Hilarious shots of Valentino and his entourage of pugs. Glimpes into Valentino's personal and financial relationships. And there's Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, who exclaims that Valentino's 45-anniversary collection is a "triumph of the will", which made me think of Leni Riefenstahl and kind of creeped me out...

I know I've given a really short and inadequate summary instead of a review, but I really don't know what else to say. I'm not a huge fan of Valentino, but I can appreciate the craftsmanship of his collections. Guess it's worth watching if you're:

a) into documentaries
b) have a love for fashion
c) are into documentaries and love fashion
d) kind of bored on a Wednesday night and find out that your best friend would chew off her right arm if she didn't have someone to see it with.

Guess I should stick to my day job of writing product descriptions...


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