It's the most mythic of all American emporiums - and the scene of many an ultimate fashion fantasy. Now audiences get a rarified chance to peek behind the backroom doors and into the reality of the fascinating inner workings and fabulous untold stories from Bergdorf Goodman's iconic history in Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's. Written by
When choosing the subject for a Documentary Feature the film maker must decide if the subject will go the distance. Here's a documentary short padded into feature length. At 91 minutes it feels long and redundant. Far too many black outs followed by segment titles soon make you hope for "the end" title. The parade of repeated talking heads becomes tiresome. Joan Rivers does add a spark of life.
The people followed through their "typical day" is sometimes interesting but is anyone doing anything worthy of a documentary film? Perhaps the creation of the windows show some passion, and the personal shopper is good at her work, but for the most part it all seems like, what we have here is subject matter for reality TV on an obscure cable network.
At one point bad editing or a directing decision implies the tragedy of the Kennedy assassination seems to pale to the tragedy of Halston selling to JC Penny.
The good news is a documentary got theatrical distribution. The not so good news is there is no reason to see this scattered too long work in a theater.
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