Valentino: The Last Emperor Reviews
Sure, there's a lot of arrogance and flash, and what he does, what the fashion industry does as a whole for that matter, really isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things, but the film is so well crafted and entertaining that such frivolousness is easy to dismiss. Valentino even shows touches of humility from time to time, going so far as to admit at one point the relatively uselessness of his skills outside the art world.
It's hard to pin point exactly why I enjoyed this movie as much as I did. The film never gets too deep into Valentino's life, though not through lack of trying. As a result, we just get edges, glimmers of what must be a truly unique mind. And it works. I just wish there had been more.
Ultimately, it leaves you with more questions than answers, which, for a movie about a fashion designer, is quite the accomplishment, at least for me who has no interest in fashion whatsoever.