A documentary about the fashion icon, Valentino: The Last Emperor shows tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It shows again at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Here's our review of the film.
Valentino: The Last Emperor (U.S., 2008) In a documentary spiced with unimaginable glamour, no single image speaks to wealth’s fantasyland on Earth quite as powerfully as the sight of a pack of five pugs being led onto a private jet. These pampered pets proceed to take up two seats on the plane, compelling the flight crew to politely ask couturier Valentino Garavani if the dogs can be moved to make room for human passengers. Valentino — the single name has branded his image, line and lifestyle since 1960 — doesn’t comply himself, but the situation is handled. And, as captured in Vanity Fair special correspondent Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary debut, it is the strategy by which most of the Italian designer’s life and career has been maintained. *** (Bret McCabe)