The First Monday in May Reviews

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October 21, 2019
This fascinating film has it all.
May 7, 2019
The First Monday In May is an intriguing, entertaining documentary about how this big event came together, whether one is interested in art, Chinese culture, fashion or celebrities.
December 28, 2018
The First Monday in May is gorgeous, sumptuous. It's also undercooked.
August 21, 2018
The documentary is filled with the most interesting people and I honestly think I'd watch individual documentaries on almost all of them.
September 15, 2017
Intelligent, inspiring and insightful, this is a thought provoking celebration of the at times difficult juncture between high fashion and cultural appropriation.
August 29, 2017
[First Monday] is a good-enough doc if not an exemplary one.
July 31, 2017
Fashion is all about brushing over things; about wondering at the beautiful exterior while refusing to confront the myriad complexities -- and at times ugliness -- that lies beneath
April 5, 2017
A film that, with each look, each sentence, each reproach, is conforming itself as an interesting portrait of characters, commanded by a great protagonist. [Full review in Spanish]
January 15, 2017
This was more interesting than I thought it would be not just because it shows how much work, thought and creativity goes into such a show, but because of the deep connection to film in this project.
December 27, 2016
Maddeningly unfocused.
November 7, 2016
The doc clearly tells us that we better believe that fashion should be viewed as art because fashion creates dreams.
October 7, 2016
I am always a sucker for the eye-gasm of a fashion documentary.
September 30, 2016
Both events are minefields of planning and politics, which Rossi captures well, though meanderingly at times.
September 29, 2016
Maybe this needed someone like Tom Wolfe to anatomise the proceedings fully.
September 29, 2016
As thoughtful, funny and fascinating as the words Karl Lagerfeld utters on seeing an unwieldy dress: "When it's that beautiful - who cares if you can walk in it?"
September 27, 2016
Aesthetics go out the window with the opening night's self-absorbed celebrity fundraiser.
September 26, 2016
The kind of party you'll almost definitely never get an invite to.
September 5, 2016
Bursting at the seams with celebrity appearances and day-to-day drama, the appeal of The First Monday in May should reach far beyond the style-savvy and fashion-conscious.
June 3, 2016
Andrew Rossi has shot some amazing footage that makes this a compelling view from start to finish.
May 20, 2016
Trapped inside The First Monday in May is a provocative, insightful documentary about Western appropriation of Eastern culture. Alas, it keeps being beaten back down by shots of celebrities.
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