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VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR

USA, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Documentaries)

Director: Matt Tyrnauer

VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR

“I know what women want... they want to be beautiful.” - Valentino Garavani

Valentino Garavani - known simply as Valentino - is one of haute couture's longest-standing icons, having dressed everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana. With Valentino: The Last Emperor, first-time director and Vanity Fair journalist Matt Tyrnauer profiles the fashion legend.

Granted unprecedented access, Tyranauer captures the last days of the house of Valentino, where a company takeover threatens to find the Valentino brand splashed over cheap sunglasses and handbags. But Valentino promises to go out not with a whimper, but with a bang.

As the extravagance, opulence and magnificence winds down, we gain an insight into the relationship between the eccentric Valentino and his business and life partner of 45 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.

D Matt Tyrnauer P Matt Kapp, Frédéric Tcheng Dist Hopscotch L English, Italian, French TD digibeta/2008

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