Valentino: The Last Emperor

I know, I know.  If you hear him say one more word about Bret Favre and the Vikings this Sunday, you might kill him.  Not to worry ladies, after today we only have to endure one last weekend of football for the season.  To get you through this last Sunday before the Superbowl, I highly recommend you check out this documentary.

Valentino:  The Last Emperor is an intimate look into the life of Italy’s most famous man.  Matt Tyrnauer, from Vanity Fair, produced and directed this film from June 2005 to July 2007 and shot over 250 hours of footage with unprecedented access to Valentino and his entourage.  It documents the final acts of his celebrated career, which is the longest running in the fashion industry.  Most notably, it documents for the first time, Valentino’s trusted relationship with Giancarlo Giammetti, his business partner and companion of 50 years.

Now, be prepared before you watch this documentary.  You will drool when you see each and every one of these dresses up close and on camera.  You will also die when you see the lavish lifestyle of Valentino and Giancarlo.  It includes multiple homes in Paris, Rome and the Alps and an immensely large staff waiting on them hand and foot.  But, it gives you a great perspective on how Valentino became the last true couturier and how he was able to make every woman beautiful in his gowns.

So, run off to Blockbuster and thank me later for not having to watch Brett Favre.

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