Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Last night Erin and I went to see Valentino: The Last Emperor at the Film Forum. We'd been hoping to get tickets to the 8:00 show to catch a Q&A with director Matt Tyrnauer and Vogue's André Leon Talley, but to no avail. So we cozied up with our easter candy in the middle of the third row for the 10:00 show. And guess what?

Matt Tyrnauer introduced the film himself, saying it was heartwarming and "a-mazing" to have a full house at 10:00 on a Tuesday night. He made it well worth our while. Jaunty 60's style caper music opens the film, but our hearts swelled collectively with the first bars of "Bette Davis Eyes."

For an hour and a half, we were swept from backstage to fittings to conference rooms to Valentino's breath-taking, and I mean breath-taking, homes. There was not a gratuitous sound bite, not a lull in the action. Tyrnauer must have had loads of fabulous material on the cutting room floor when he finished this restrained look into the end of Valentino's reign--truly the work of a gifted writer and disciplined editor.

Tyrnauer loved seeing his film so well-received in New York. He said it would play in "any city where anyone cares about life and love and passion for excellence." He was talking about Valentino Garavani, but I'd say the same for Tyrnauer's work.


P.S. You don't have to love fashion to appreciate this movie, but if you do, I'd suggest going to tonight's 10:00 show at the Film Forum.

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