Valentino: The Last Emperor
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Valentino: The Last Emperor
"Valentino: The Last Emperor" provides a first-time glimpse into Valentino's world of bygone glamour. Filmed from June 2005 to July 2007, the crew shot over 250 hours of footage with exclusive, unprecedented access to Valentino and his entourage. The resulting non-fiction film is a portrait of an extraordinary partnership, the longest running in fashion, and a dramatic story about a master confronting the final act of his celebrated career.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This up-close portrait delivers all the runway glamor and backstage gossip that fashionistas crave, yet it's also unexpectedly poignant."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Superficial but giddily entertaining."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"If you like "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," you'll like this film about fashion icon Valentino. But it's an absorbing, fly-on-the-wall documentary regardless."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It does pull back the curtain on a traditionally withdrawn public figure. For that alone, the documentary is a fascinating glimpse into a mind that's always on the go."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"You don't have to be a fashionista to get something out of this unique documentary about the famous designer, his way of working, and his long term relationship with business partner Giancarlo Giammetti."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"The director only skims over the historical material. In taking for granted that this background is familiar to all, the film drives home the fact that high fashion is made by the few for the few."
‑ Natasha Senjanovic, Hollywood Reporter
"As Valentino's team of seamstresses pore over a sequined white dress, entirely hand-sewn, and finally premiere it to the designer in its flawless, couture glory, it's all you can do not to gasp with pleasure."
‑ Kara Nesvig, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's ultimately difficult to envision all but the most ardent of fashion fans finding much to embrace in Valentino: The Last Emperor..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The documentary film crew gets remarkable behind-the-scenes access to Valentino's fashion empire."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"An antidote to weepy tales such as "Philadelphia" and "Brokeback Mountain". Yes, Virginia, gay people can enjoy long-term relationships."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"There's only one monarch mentioned in the title of Valentino: The Last Emperor. But Matt Tyrnauer's breezy and entertaining look inside the world of high fashion is very much a two-man show."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"Above all, Valentino is a celebration of beauty and love, and the ways in which one begets the other."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"It's interesting to a degree, but without a strong knowledge of the fashion industry, a novice will be left out in the cold."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Frothy doc on the iconic fashion designer Valentino."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"What a nice surprise to settle in for a fashion documentary and find a touching love story hidden within its glamorous folds."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
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