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Valentino: The Last Emperor

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Valentino: The Last Emperor

  • VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR (DVD MOVIE)

A critically acclaimed look into the life and times of legendary fashion designer Valentino. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of the fashion icons celebrated career, tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today. But at the heart of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.

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  1. 15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    An Iconic Designer’s Last Years in a Radically Changed Industry., September 24, 2009
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    “Valentino: The Last Emperor” follows the personal and professional life of fashion designer Valentino Garavani from his Spring/Summer 2006 collection to his 45-year retrospective celebration in Rome in July 2007, just months before Valentino retired. That’s about a year and a half, a short period in a very long career. But its purpose is not so much to honor Valentino’s contributions to women’s fashion as to document the changing world of fashion that Valentino survived for 5 decades, remaining in control of his designs and working in his Rome design studio until his retirement at the age of 75.

    Valentino’s former boyfriend and the business partner responsible for making Valentino SpA an international success, Giancarlo Giammetti, graces this film with multiple interviews. Valentino speaks for himself as well, but we get to know him best by observing the work and bickering behind the scenes in his design studio, runway shows, and at a lavish bash at his Chateau de Wideville outside of Paris. Because this film encompasses the 2007 retrospective celebration, we get some glimpses back in time as well as a look at the process of creating new designs.

    At one time, designers made money by selling clothes. In the 1980s, it was licensing. In the 1990s, fashion houses became commodities for international investment companies. Valentino kept on designing through it all. In 1998, Valentino and Giammetti sold the company to HdP. In 2002, Valentino SpA was sold to Marzotto Group -and this film witnesses some of the clashes of priorities between Valentino and Mateo Marzotto. We watch as the company is sold in 2007 to Peramira LLC, a private equity company whose goal is clearly to make money. Valentino was the last man standing of his generation of designers in a business that has been radically transformed over the course of his career. That’s what “Valentino: The Last Emperor” is all about. In English, Italian, and French with optional subtitles.

    The DVD (Phase 4 Films 2009): Bonus features are a theatrical trailer and three featurettes. In “The Perfect Life: Around the World with Valentino” (30 min), Michael Kelly, Majordomo of Valentino’s six residences, takes us behind the scenes at Chateau Wideville, Chalet Gifferhorn at Gstaad, and Valentino’s apartment in New York. If you liked the scenes at Chateau Wideville in the film, there is more of that here. “The Last Collection” (9 min) takes us to Paris in January 2008, as Valentino shows his last couture collection and says goodbye to his staff. “A Red Dress” (8 min) shows more detail of creating the red dress we see in the film, particularly of head seamstress Antonietta de Angelis. Subtitles available in English for the bonus features. Subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French for the film.

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  2. 16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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    Wonderful film! Can’t wait for the DVD now!, July 10, 2009
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    I saw this movie in a local theatre and it was far better than I expected. Although there is a lot about fashion, I found the most light-hearted and funny moments about Valentino’s relationship with Giancarlo. They are such a great couple…. they complete each other and their ‘married’ style of bickering made me laugh a lot. Wonderful fashions, lots of celebrities, and yes, the special pugs that seem to take over everything! Definately can’t wait until 08 September for the DVD to be released!

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