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McQueen (2018)

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The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line and his untimely death.

Directors:

Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui (co-director)

Writer:

Peter Ettedgui
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bernard Arnault Bernard Arnault ... Himself
Joseph Bennett Joseph Bennett ... Himself
Detmar Blow Detmar Blow ... Himself
Isabella Blow Isabella Blow ... Herself (archive footage)
Katy England Katy England ... Herself
Tom Ford ... Himself
Magdalena Frackowiak Magdalena Frackowiak ... Herself
Jodie Kidd ... Herself
Alexander McQueen ... Himself (archive footage)
Gary James McQueen Gary James McQueen ... Himself
Janet McQueen Janet McQueen ... Herself
Joyce McQueen Joyce McQueen ... Herself (archive footage)
Kate Moss ... Herself
Michelle Olley Michelle Olley ... Herself
Sebastian Pons Sebastian Pons ... Himself
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Storyline

Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence. Written by Salon

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The fearless, rebellious and extraordinary life of Alexander McQueen. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 June 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander McQueen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$98,873, 22 July 2018

Gross USA:

$1,257,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,739,246
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

McQueen suffered from depression and was addicted to drugs. He died on February 11, 2010, at the age of forty. The designer, under the influence of drugs, committed suicide by hanging, nine days after the death of his mother to cancer. His death is generally regarded as a great loss to the fashion world. See more »

Quotes

Alexander McQueen: You're going through your life trying to understand... why were you doing things you were doing, why were you making mistakes you were making.
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Art and drama in one fabulous life.
22 August 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Give me time and I'll give you a revolution." Alexander McQueen

Too many films glorify their artists' lives without letting you into the creative process. Not so McQueen. Director Ian Bonhote and writer-director Peter Ettedgui, et al., capture the emerging incandescent genius of Lee Alexander McQueen while getting up close and personal to his inspirations and demons and finally his suicide.

This transfixing documentary shows in beautiful images, including his iconic skull motif, his revolutionary fashion-dramas, with visual designs fit for MOMA, and a robust backstage world of real-life passion and pain fitting for a genius who can barely keep up with his own gifts and those the world bestows on him. In some ways he reminds me of another troubled but gifted artist of the bizarre, Poe.

I saw the exhibit in New York 2010 with my granddaughter, Alexandra, and as splendid as it was, this bio brought me closer to him than the real thing. My reflection is my highest compliment to an artist who may end up like other greats such as Whitney, but whose range of achievements dwarfs even those geniuses.

Sad as McQueen's hanging is, immediately following the death of his beloved mother, perhaps some gifted artists may be fated for as violent an end as their art is passionate. The comfort is in his clothes and their dramatic shows unlike any other in the history of fashion.

"I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists." McQueen That's history making splendidly chronicled.


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