The First Monday in May Reviews

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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
October 7, 2016
I am always a sucker for the eye-gasm of a fashion documentary.
September 29, 2016
Maybe this needed someone like Tom Wolfe to anatomise the proceedings fully.
September 26, 2016
The kind of party you'll almost definitely never get an invite to.
May 18, 2016
In the end, it all comes down to a collaboration between art, commerce and celebrity.
May 12, 2016
The documentary doesn't really tell us much about the items in the show either. But it gives us enough glimpses of the content to ensure that it is beautiful to look at.
May 4, 2016
If you don't care about fashion there is another issue that unfolds fascinatingly over the course of the film: whether the theme of "the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion" is actually a celebration of Orientalism.
April 28, 2016
Gorgeous, gossipy, yet penetrating documentary about the marriage of culture and commerce.
April 22, 2016
There are many deliciously revealing moments, including discussions about who will sit where at the gala - there has to be a celebrity at every table - and whether Vogue can afford to pay Rihanna twice the usual fee to entertain the guests.
April 21, 2016
Will lights and hardware be ready? Can they afford the $200K demanded by headliner Rihanna? The viewer's pulse may rise, too, as Rossi's camera roams frantic hallways, offices and limos.
April 21, 2016
The film's focus is too easily distracted by celebrity and turns less documentary and more fawning love letter to an industry already in love with itself.
April 15, 2016
It's very inside baseball about the inner workings of a fashion event. That said, there's a delicious depiction of fashion as fantasy that's worth the price of admission.
April 14, 2016
The movie has been smartly built to satisfy hardcore fashionistas and red-carpet gawkers in equal measure.
April 14, 2016
Debates about how best to represent both fashion and China - with the likes of Baz Luhrmann and Wong Kar-wai weighing in - are provocative and useful. But Rihanna walking the red carpet in an Asian-inspired ensemble is fine art in motion.
April 14, 2016
The movie is sloppy: A section concerning Asian stereotypes discusses the vintage film star Anna May Wong, but indiscriminately includes images of Ona Munson in "The Shanghai Gesture." "First Monday" also coddles its interview subjects.
April 14, 2016
It's a film that effectively combines two distinct - and very different - pleasures.
April 14, 2016
"The First Monday in May" isn't a deep examination of its subjects, but at least it's breathtaking to look at.
April 13, 2016
[Rossi] effectively goes behind the scenes, capturing the complicated logistics that go into the creation of the exhibition and its accompanying gala. The former element provides the film's emotionally richest moments.
April 13, 2016
Anyone intrigued by the fashion world will gain some understanding of the power players involved in this seminal showcase, which mostly just salutes their accomplishments using competent techniques.
April 13, 2016
Rossi provides an attractive overview of the exhibition for those who did not attend it, but we are left feeling something like Wong, seeing a lot of pretty things surrounded by vapidity.
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