Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2012)



Critic Consensus: Its subject is fascinating, but Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston is a rambling and unfocused profile.

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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

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Whitney Sudler-Smith, Anne Goursaud
In Theaters:
Box Office: $4.0k
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as Whitney Sudler-Smith

as Liza Minnelli

as Andre Leon Talley

as Ralph Rucci

as Cathy Horyn

as Stephen Burrows

as Bob Colacello

as Pat Cleveland

as Anjelica Huston

as Nicky Haslam

as Boaz Mazor

as Billy Joel

as Nile Rodgers

as Phillip Bloch

as Ming Vauze

as Naeem Kahn

as Amy Fine Collins

as Diane von Furstenber...

as Chris Makos

as Glenn O'Brien
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Critic Reviews for Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

The film is poorly structured, and most of Sudler-Smith's conclusions are trite.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

In sartorial terms, the fabric is to die for, but helmer Whitney Sudler-Smith's docu follows a banal pattern, while the finishing lacks finesse.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's unfortunate that director Whitney Sudler-Smith seems to have spent more time on his own hair than his interview prep.

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Lost in all this is Halston, who comes through only in dribs and drabs. If you're curious about him, skip this film.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

This isn't simply the biography of an American icon, but the chronicle of a misguided filmmaker.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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