Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 25, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Valentino: The Last Emperor

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
96 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/18/09
director
Matt Tyrnauer
distributor
Truly Indie
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

With his tanned face as amber as a cough drop and his posse of pampered pugs trailing him, the legendary Italian couturier ?Valentino Garavani, now 76, presides with an old-school imperiousness that leaves the Project Runway kids in the dust. Matt ?Tyrnauer’s sharp-eyed documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor follows the luxury-loving pooh-bah and his indispensable, since-forever lover and business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, through a season of magical dresses and minor diva snits, leading up to the 2007 celebration of the ?designer’s 45th anniversary in the business of bellissima. Film music by Nino Rota ?provides a Fellini overlay. A?

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