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Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
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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

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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.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's unfortunate that director Whitney Sudler-Smith seems to have spent more time on his own hair than his interview prep.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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Lost in all this is Halston, who comes through only in dribs and drabs. If you're curious about him, skip this film.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This isn't simply the biography of an American icon, but the chronicle of a misguided filmmaker.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
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At least Smith has proof that he spent ample time with the beautiful people.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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This film has a grander trajectory than just about any other fashion doc.

January 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
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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

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

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.

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A dishwater-dull film about an electric subject

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Less a portrait of its ostensible subject than that of his times, and the film suffers from yet another examination of the disco era.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

A glossy, messy, highly watchable biography of the handsome, charismatic American milliner, innovative fashion designer, New York celebrity and brand creator Roy Halston Frowick...

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Sudler-Smith interviews Minnelli and other celebrities in a somewhat amateurish fashion. But it's the era that's intriguing rather than the man.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The man himself remains something of a cipher. But this is an interesting slice of pop history, nonetheless.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Peculiar, picaresque and presided over by a self-appointed fashion paradigm.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

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.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This documentary seeks out bestie Liza Minnelli and others to unearth the man behind the lifestyle.

September 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
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