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Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)

An up-close-and-personal portrait of the fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld.

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Rodolphe Marconi
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Credited cast:
Karl Lagerfeld ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Kidman ... Self
Brad Kroening Brad Kroening ... Model
Princess Caroline of Monaco ... Self (as Caroline de Monaco)
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An up-close-and-personal portrait of the fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld.

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Documentary

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Quotes

Karl Lagerfeld: When I took over Chanel, it was a Sleeping Beauty; almost dead; she was snoring.
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PURE
(Ian Broudie (Broudie) / Ian Zachary)
Interprétée par The Lightning Seeds
Editée par Chrysalis Music LTD
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Chrysalis France
(P) 1990 Virgin Records Ltd
Extrait de l'album Clockcuckooland
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A 'subject approved' portrait of a famous designer
14 September 2009 | by mark_decewSee all my reviews

Early in this film, Karl Lagerfeld hides from the camera behind a magazine as he informs us he does not want to be photographed without his sunglasses on. A later shot catches the legendary designer through a window 'sans specs' and it feels like the filmmaker has captured him in a rare vulnerable moment. This is but one indication of the kid gloves used by the director in this mildly interesting borderline puff piece of a portrait documentary. Much of the film features the back of Lagerfeld's head as the camera is lead about by his ubiquitous silver pony tail down catwalks, into town cars, up private jet ramps, and behind photo shoots. Often it feels like the POV of a typical fashion industry fawning lackey nipping at the master's heels. Do not expect deep insights from the minions in his sphere, as Lagerfeld's guarded commentary (in french) is the only real voice in the film beyond the soft-ball questions lobbed in by the off-screen director. It seems clear that access to the subject was at risk and any offense was to be avoided. One can easily imagine the editor considering how every cut would be received by Lagerfeld when the movie would first be screened by its' 'star.'

Relatively little of the designer's work is featured here and we are left with more sense of the man's personal style than his contributions to the fashion world. The few photographs of his life included are presented without chronology or context and are concentrated in comparatively concise sequences. Too much screen time is spent lingering on the gorgeous male models consistently spinning in his orbit.

Not a bad film by any means, but risk-free and superficial. The closest we get to real incite on the fashion icon is when he references his mother who it would seem was one interesting gal. I would really like to have heard from others who know the man (collaborators, rivals, critics, family, etc) though I'm certain many live in fear of him. Does the man have a temper? He seems the type but the viewer gets no indication of any personality flaws, quirks, fears, weaknesses and consequently, real depth of character.


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Country:

France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lagerfeld Confidential See more »

Filming Locations:

Monte Carlo, Monaco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,477, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:

$67,500

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,643
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Realitism, Backup Media See more »
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DTS | Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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