Valentino: The Last Emperor (PG-13)

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by By GARY COGILL / WFAA-TV

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Posted on May 7, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 6:32 PM

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Gary Cogill's review

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The odd, star-filled life of legendary dress designer Valentino is the subject of a new film recently featured at AFI Dallas and on "The Orpah Show."

Run to the theatre to see "Valentino: The Last Emperor" - a sumptious, knockout documentary that follows the life and times of the flamboyant, 70-something, iconic Italian fashion legend. This is a movie that takes you inside an industry that appears to be all glamour, but is often serious business.

"Valentino" isn't without conflict, as his couture clothing empire becomes the target of a takeover, at the same time he is celebrating 45 years as one of the top designers in the world.

This is also a film about Valentino's life with his patient companion and partner, Giancarlo Giametti.

"Valentino" is directed as a work of cinematic art by Matt Tyrnauer, and the images that follow allong with his subject in some of the most beautiful, opulent cities in the world are stunning.

"Valentino" is rated R, and is one of the best new documentaries of the year. This is a movie that literally shows you how high-end dresses are designed and made.

At its center, "Valentino" profiles a special, one-of-a-kind designer - arrogant, filled with talent and also with a hint of sadness.

This is a fly-on-the-wall look at vanity and experience and a world few ever get to see. This is one of my favorite recent films.

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