Valentino: The Last Emperor, produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, is an intimate and engaging fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's most famous men. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino's celebrated career, tells the story of his extraordinary life, and explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today. At the heart of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.
I had the pleasure of viewing this movie at the Tara Cinemas in Buckhead. Anyone romantically involved in the world of fashion should definitley see this. Besides all the breathtaking dresses it was a story that would not expect from a documentary. There was so many different themes to take in. You had the love story between Valentino and & Giancarlo, then the romance between Valentino and Giancarlo and the fashion line itself. This documentary also gave an in depth look of the world of couture that in essense no longer exists. The intricate detail and relentless work of making a masterpiece of a garment by hand. Even though the world knew of Valentino's retirement the documentary let you live the heartbreaking details. The audience was taken with emotion as we all got a glimpse of the tyranny of big business of a man that should be producing masterpieces on his deathbed. This documentary produces a whirlwind of emotion for the audience.
As a added bonus, Matt Tyrnauer, the director of the movie did a Q&A session. When I tell you I was a little overwhelmed with glee. He answered any and every question that the audience uttered. Even some of the personal and intimate questions about the movie were answered in completeness but with taste and class. All I can is BRAVO, BRAVO!