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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's --  A documentary on the Manhattan department store with interviews from an array of fashion designers, style icons, and celebrities.

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If fashion had a home, this would be the address.
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A documentary on the Manhattan department store with interviews from an array of fashion designers, style icons, and celebrities. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Mary-Kate Olsen ... Herself

William Fichtner ... Narrator (voice)

Joan Rivers ... Herself

Ashley Olsen ... Herself

Candice Bergen ... Herself

Susan Lucci ... Herself

Nicole Richie ... Herself

Tom Ford ... Himself

Georgina Chapman ... Herself

Rachel Zoe ... Herself

Giorgio Armani ... Himself
Barbara Corcoran ... Herself

Marc Jacobs ... Himself

Karl Lagerfeld ... Himself

Michael Kors ... Himself

Vera Wang ... Herself

Diane von Fürstenberg ... Herself

Isaac Mizrahi ... Himself

Heather Ashley Chase ... Herself (as Ashley Chase)

Lauren Bush ... Herself

Robert Verdi ... Himself

Oscar de la Renta ... Himself

Tory Burch ... Herself

Christian Louboutin ... Himself
Betty Halbreich ... Herself

Blake Mycoskie ... Himself
Jean Doumanian ... Herself

Bobbi Brown ... Herself
Ally Hilfiger ... Herself

Iris Apfel ... Herself

Olivier Theyskens ... Himself
Narciso Rodríguez ... Himself
Domenico Dolce ... Himself

Linda Fargo ... Herself

Patricia Field ... Herself

Manolo Blahnik ... Himself

Andrew Malloy ... Himself
William Ivey Long ... Himself
Alber Elbaz ... Himself

Amy Fine-Collins ... Herself

David Hoey ... Himself
Stefano Gabbana ... Himself
Keren Craig ... Herself
Lorraine Schwartz ... Herself

Jason Wu ... Himself
Lynn Yaeger ... Herself
Robert Duffy ... Himself
Thom Browne ... Himself
Candy Pratts ... Herself
Albert Kriemler ... Himself
Paul Goldberger ... Himself
Dawn Mello ... Herself
Victoria Roberts ... Herself
Jim Gold ... Himself
Sylvia Fendi ... Herself
Johnson Hartig ... Himself

Gilles Mendel ... Himself
Sidney Toledano ... Himself
John Demsey ... Himself
Patrick McDonald ... Himself
Elaine Mack ... Herself
Lela Rose ... Herself
Elizabeth Hui ... Herself
Catherine Malandrino ... Herself

Thakoon ... Himself
Laudomia Pucci ... Herself

Eila Mell ... Herself (uncredited)

Erika Smith ... Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)

Directed by
Matthew Miele 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matthew Miele 

Produced by
Mallory Andrews .... producer
Pete Kasko .... executive producer
Andrew Malloy .... executive producer
Steve McCarthy .... executive producer
Serge Nivelle .... co-producer
Barbara Ragghianti .... co-producer
Stephanie Shayne .... co-producer
Iris E. Wagner .... executive producer
Chris Walker .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Parov Stelar 
 
Cinematography by
Justin Bare (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Justin Bare 
 
Sound Department
Sebastian Henshaw .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Andracke .... camera operator
Thomas Kay .... additional camera operator
Chris Newhard .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Matt Breitenbach .... digital intermediate assist
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate producer
Valerie Lasser .... additional editor
Anthony Raffaele .... colorist
Max Smith .... assistant editor
Claudia Walker .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Anthony Roman .... music supervisor
Lilah Wilson .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Liz Keating .... production coordinator
Elizabeth Starry .... production assistant
 
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Ann Roth .... thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for a brief sexual reference
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USA:93 min
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No single aspect is examined with any meaningful depth., 3 June 2013
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from www.GoneWithTheTwins.com

In the world of fashion, there's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and there's Bergdorf Goodman. It's an iconic building in New York overlooking Fifth Avenue, and an elite destination for high-fashion designers and discerning clientele alike. There's no hiding the fact that the company caters specifically to the rich – but it creates a social status to aspire to and a financial abundance everyone wants to achieve. Shopping regularly at such an exclusive, superior quality, pricey place is a superlative situation for pursuers of The American Dream. "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's" gets its title from a celebrated cartoon by Victoria Roberts, published in The New Yorker, depicting just such a couple of elderly ladies, musing over their only desired final resting place.

The documentary features an incredibly brief history of designer Michael Kors (made more recognizable from his stint as judge on "Project Runway") and an even quicker account of Herman Bergdorf and Edwin Goodman, who worked together to build up the company. The primary focus is dozens of comments by accomplished artists and celebrities reminiscing on what the retailer means to them. Construction of window displays led by production managers, a look into the living situation of the Goodman's above their store in a luxurious 16-room apartment, Elizabeth Taylor and John Lennon's custom orders, the processes of sardonic personal shopper Betty Halbreich, European designers' annotations of the iconic company, and several other related interests are randomly touched upon. These are elucidated by notes and opinions of popular designers and Hollywood clients such as Christian Louboutin, Oscar de la Renta, Joan Rivers, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Rachel Zoe, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson, Candice Bergen, Karl Lagerfeld, and countless others.

The narrator (William Fichtner) cuts in around 15 minutes after the film starts, says a few words in a partially recognizable intonation, then mysteriously disappears again for long spaces of time; it's peculiar to hear the omniscient voice in the first place, and ever odder each time he chimes in. From a technical standpoint, the assembling of data and interviews is amateurish at best, as if the material isn't worth the attention of a more extravagant setup or arrangement. It's loosely divided into chapters, with subjects and interviews changing spontaneously and reverting back to previous matters clumsily, devoid of standard transitions. The editing features plenty of movement, flashing lights, funky music, and an anticlimactic finale (based on the dry unveiling of the five large display windows of Bergdorf's, with intermittent production designing proving far more engaging), prompting the notion that this documentary is desperately trying to appeal to a younger crowd through visuals instead of an amusing concept.

"Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's" details the fact that there are a lot of politics, questionable exclusivity expectations, and a handful of powerful fashion directors, that control the fate of the majority of impassioned up-and-comers. Several of the featured artists are related to already successful, household-name creators; privileged upbringings are certainly less inspiring than those who start from the bottom. Other stories highlight the equally unrewarding tales of effortless success begetting further riches, while a few more interesting seconds mention the measurements of the economy and the correlation to upper class expenditures at such an aristocratic locale - but no single aspect is examined with any meaningful depth.

- The Massie Twins (GoneWithTheTwins.com)

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