Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2012)
A fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer-Halston- the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of NYC nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello, and Billy Joel, among others) round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined the most beautiful and decadent era of recent memory. -- (C) Tribeca
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Critic Reviews for Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal.
It's unfortunate that director Whitney Sudler-Smith seems to have spent more time on his own hair than his interview prep.
Lost in all this is Halston, who comes through only in dribs and drabs. If you're curious about him, skip this film.
This isn't simply the biography of an American icon, but the chronicle of a misguided filmmaker.
At least Smith has proof that he spent ample time with the beautiful people.
This film has a grander trajectory than just about any other fashion doc.
Halston's name is in the title, but the faintly irritating Ultrasuede isn't necessarily about the fashion designer. It's about director Whitney Sudler-Smith
The tension between the amateurish interviewer and the star interviewees gives the doc a layer of authenticity that its otherwise formulaic structure and storytelling fail to find.
Less a portrait of its ostensible subject than that of his times, and the film suffers from yet another examination of the disco era.
A glossy, messy, highly watchable biography of the handsome, charismatic American milliner, innovative fashion designer, New York celebrity and brand creator Roy Halston Frowick...
Sudler-Smith interviews Minnelli and other celebrities in a somewhat amateurish fashion. But it's the era that's intriguing rather than the man.
The man himself remains something of a cipher. But this is an interesting slice of pop history, nonetheless.
Peculiar, picaresque and presided over by a self-appointed fashion paradigm.
While the elusive subject of this documentary is fascinating, filmmaker Sudler-Smith us almost as interested in his own celebrity as in that of iconic fashion designer Halston.
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