Film documents the remarkable career of legendary fashion designerRochester, N.Y. - Valentino: The Last Emperor will screen at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House over Fourth of July weekend, premiering at 8 p.m. Friday, July 3, followed by screenings at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 4 and 5 p.m. Sunday, July 5. The film chronicles the success of fashion designer Valentino, while exploring intimate aspects of his life.
"Valentino: The Last Emperor is a documentary with privileged access to the legendary designer in his studio, workshop, backstage, his homes, even aboard his yacht and private jet," said Chicago Sun Times, and the Dallas Morning News described the film as "a celebration of beauty and love, and the ways in which one begets the other."
Matt Tyrnauer, longtime Vanity Fair editor and writer, takes on haute couture icon Valentino, a man whose fabulous gowns have graced the bodies of the world's most glamorous women for nearly five decades. The film was shot over two years - in Paris, Rome, London, New York, and aboard Valentino's yacht - during a period when rumors of the designer's retirement were swirling about him and partner Giancarlo Giammetti. The filmmaker had extraordinary access to these men, partners in both business and life, whose arguments over the need for more ruffles or the appropriateness of sand dunes for a runway show are inevitably reduced to the intimacy and warmth that are the bedrock of their relationship.
"This documentary, chronicling two years leading up to his spectacular 45th anniversary gala in 2007 in Rome, is as much about the brand and harsh realities of the fashion biz as the man himself," wrote Newsday.
Admission is $7 general admission, $5 students and members. For more information please visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.
Media Contact: Dresden Engle
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