Valentino: The Last Emperor

valentinoSo want to go see this at the Sydney Film Festival (SFF) this weekend.

Valentino is a fashion legend, and something tells me it will be hard to get this on DVD at the local Civic Video. Better start buttering up my viewing partner today.

From the SFF site:

Couturier Valentino Garavani, in this fly-on-the-wall documentary, is at a turning point. The company which bears his name is in the throes of a take-over and there’s talk of his imminent retirement. As he prepares for his new Paris collection and a grand celebration of 45 years of Valentino designs, he strenuously denies the rumours, concentrating instead on a parade of fabulous dresses and a rabble of finely groomed pugs. His life-long partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, holds everything together behind the scenes while super-tanned Valentino is by turns charming and stubborn. Former Vanity Fair correspondent Tyrnauer has made a film that is both an insightful portrait of Valentino and Giammetti’s loving but argumentative relationship and an ode to the rapidly disappearing world of haute couture.

SFF details for Valentino: The Last Emperor