Valentino: The Last Emperor

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Valentino: the Last Emperor utilizes its access to the fashion icon to the fullest, and the result is a glitzy, dishy, and insightful documentary.

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"Valentino: The Last Emperor" provides a first-time glimpse into Valentino's world of bygone glamour. Filmed from June 2005 to July 2007, the crew shot over 250 hours of footage with exclusive, unprecedented access to Valentino and his entourage. The resulting non-fiction film is a portrait of an extraordinary partnership, the longest running in fashion, and a dramatic story about a master confronting the final act of his celebrated career.

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Critic Reviews for Valentino: The Last Emperor

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (17)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • Stays firmly, admiringly, on the surface of things -- which is where all fashion kings should reign.

    September 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Matt Tyrnauer's documentary about the venerable Italian fashion designer, Valentino, has been billed as a love story, and so it is.

    September 16, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This up-close portrait delivers all the runway glamor and backstage gossip that fashionistas crave, yet it's also unexpectedly poignant.

    July 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • The director only skims over the historical material. In taking for granted that this background is familiar to all, the film drives home the fact that high fashion is made by the few for the few.

    July 10, 2009

Audience Reviews for Valentino: The Last Emperor

  • Dec 25, 2009
    This documentary about fashion designer Valentino Garavani is one of the highest grossing and most buzzed about documentaries of the year, and it?s been longlisted for the Documentary Feature Oscar category. The praise made it sound like something worth checking out, but I?d been pretty hesitant to do so simply because I frankly don?t give a damn about Valentino or about the world of fashion. But I saw this was a available for instant streaming on Netflix and I had a couple hours to kill, what did I have to lose? Not a lot really, this proved to be fairly watchable but it certainly didn?t make me care about or particularly respect its subject any more than I did before. The year in the man?s life which this chronicles proves to not be very dramatic, it?s just sort of a few typical days in the guy?s life and I suppose his fans will find it pretty revealing.
    MJS M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2009
    Forget September Issue, Valentino: The Last Emperor is the real about the fashion world to watch. Chiefly though Valentino is an engrossing character study of the man himself, his charms, huge ego and his unsurpasable talent.
    Jeremy S Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2009
    An absolutely first-rate documentary that does what only a great documentary can do: present what seems to be one story in such a way that it illuminates so much more. Yes it's about fashion and design, but it's also (or maybe primarily) about the cost of iconic fame and the endurance of a 45-year personal and professional relationship. It's breezy and entertaining and deep and probing. OK, it's just terrific. Enough fancy words. It's terrific.
    Jeff T Super Reviewer

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