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Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 8 May 2009 (USA)
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A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.


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Credited cast:
Giancarlo Giammetti ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nati Abascal ...
Herself (as Naty Abascal)
Jeannie Becker ...
Jacqueline de Ribes ...
Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes ...
Alessandra Facchinetti ...


A story of friendship, a retrospective, and a look at haute couture as business: we watch Valentino Garavani (1932- ) and partner Giancarlo Giammetti from preparation for the 2006 Spring/Summer Collection in Paris to a July 2007 retrospective of Valentino's 45-year career, which included dressing Jacqueline Kennedy. The film documents a year of work, shows, business changes, and decisions. We follow a creation from sketch to runway: he's always in pursuit of beauty. We're in Paris, Rome, and Venice. He receives the French Legion of Honor medal; his acceptance speech brings tears. Reporters ask when he'll retire. Is the Roman retrospective his career's finale? Cue Puccini. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for some nudity and language | See all certifications »


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8 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Valentino - El último emperador  »

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$21,762 (USA) (20 March 2009)


$1,755,134 (USA) (28 August 2009)

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As told to Elvis Mitchell on KCRW's The Treatment (May 6, 2009), Director Matt Tyrnauer recounted that the film almost never made it to a commercial release. Both Giancarlo and Valentino hated the film on first viewing during a private screening in London and "were completely in shock". Although Tyrnauer had final cut, it took him over five months of negotiations before finally showing the film at the Venice film festival. At Venice the entire audience stood and gave a standing ovation to Valentino after the screening and Valentino apparently now loves the film. See more »


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mostly for Valentino fans
9 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

This documentary follows legendary fashion designer Valentino Garavani from 2006 to his 45th anniversary show in 2007. Everybody suspects his long career is coming to a close and they keep asking him about retirement. Financial and business considerations are also forcing him to face that reality. He has longtime partner Giancarlo Giammetti, his countless supporters, and his tiny dogs. It's a movie for fashion and Valentino fans. The most compelling is Valentino working on the dress with his many associates, the half dozen older ladies working on the design, and the statuesque blonde walking back and forth. It's always nice to see someone using his brain to create something original. The rest is not that interesting and the business aspect provides no tension.

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