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Rated PG-13 · 2009

Part celebrity dish, part business journalism, this illuminating 2008 documentary about the legendary Italian designer Valentino Garavani spans the tumultuous final two years of his decades-long reign as one of the most successful innovators in the fashion industry. As a young man he studied in Paris under Jean Desses and Guy Laroche, but the turning point was his move to Rome, where architecture student Giancarlo Giammetti became first his lover and then his business manager. As a duo they were unstoppable; while Valentino attracted such high-profile clients as Jacqueline Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor, Giammetti oversaw his partner's evolution into a brand name. Director Matt Tyrnauer, an editor at Vanity Fair, spots the telling moments behind the scenes as the two men spar and collaborate, slick corporate executives plot a takeover, and an army of loyal seamstresses hand-stitch exquisite gowns. In English and subtitled Italian and French. 96 min.
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Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Producer: Matt Kapp and Matt Tynauer
Cast: Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino, Jeannie Becker, Alessandra Facchinetti, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Matteo Marzotto, Gwyneth Paltrow and Claudia Schiffer

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