Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Nicole Kidman, Karl Lagerfeld, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Christy Bella Joiner
Director: Rodolphe Marconi
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
For the first time, Karl Lagerfeld, the innovative designed who has ruled the House of Chanel for more than two decades, agreed to trust a director to create an artwork based on his life. After three years of crosscrossing... more »
A failed attempt
Collector | 04/15/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Creatively, if Karl L. is a 10, the director of this movie is a minus 0.
First, the hand-held camera work is the worst in the history of cinema (it makes your head spin and your stomach turn); the use of Baroque background music is in the style of the most banal French television documentary; 25% of the film is wasted on ocean views, sky views, city views, views through a car windshield, and there is even a long long take of an open window with no-one there (the top of KL's head bobs up once or twice; the narrator's questions to KL are usually so superficial and idiotic that even KL criticizes them on film; the narrator is clearly embarrassed by homosexuality and KL is clearly irritated by the generally bourgeois frame of mind of the interviewer (AND it is distinctly the bourgeois that KL hates above all, as witnessed during the few insightful moments of this film). KL comes off as a determined, confident, gifted guy, and with a disarming sense of humor and humanity. Ultimately, one feels, there is something in ordinary human life, and in people, that fills him with absolute dread and revulsion. This is interesting and doesn't get enough treatment, though KL is very happy to talk about it at length. One strength of the film, and probably unconscious on the part of the director, is that the world KL moves through has a great ordinariness and deadness about it: essentially unappealing decors of his homes; settings for his fashion shows that feel like a hip nightclub around closing time, when everything is dirty, tired, spent, and smelling of stale liquor. Essentially, KL's world is not glamorous, and he is honest enough to admit to it. It's an existence that has most appeal in the photograph of it, edited and digitally corrected to the max. In short, it's a tough, creative, determined existence, resulting in an extreme accomplishment, but dead somewhere at an essential core. Another plus of the film is, that KL comes across as honest, smart, with a clear personal philosophy, a wonderful sense of humor, and a ready laugh. He'd be a fascinating guy to know, warm, fun, completely unconventional, and brutally honest. Finally, this film is a huge failure: the director just cannot even approach the fascinating reality of KL. A great opportunity missed, because KL is honest and isn't afraid to talk about himself meaningfully. But, in the last analysis, he lacks something. Something that, for instance, St. Laurent had -- as an artist and as a person -- that is of a greatly superior dimension, one that is fundamentally estranged from the person KL is."
Not much bang for the buck
Bruma | TN | 12/28/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary was like time travelling back in time to ask DaVinci how to boil water.
The filmmaker had one on one access to Lagerfeld and followed him for an extended amount of time. It was like a fan asking a favorite star all sorts of questions for their personal benefit. The rest of us were just SOL. Lagerfeld is an icon in the fashion world and we didn't get much perspective on it. There was a throwaway line about a 30 year relationship that was ended - though there was no explanation given.
Lagerfeld spend more time talking about his night pillow than his business or achievements.
If you are a fashion fan - just rent it - just don't expect a lot of insight.
I guess the hard core "School of Parsons" folks will get more out of than the "amateur" fashion fans.
A Look At Lagerfeld
Gladys Strickland | Memphis, Tennessee, USA | 11/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lagerfeld Confidential is an interesting look at Karl Lagerfeld. If you want a glimpse into the man behind Chanel, and his own line, this documentary will provide one. See him designing, photographing Chanel ads, walking the catwalk at the end of his shows. Watch him pack for a trip, see racks upon racks of his clothing, and try to count all the books and magazines stacked around his desk!
If you are looking for insight into what it takes to become a designer, or how a designer goes about creating a collection, you will not find it here. Much of the documentary is in French, with subtitles, so be prepared to watch and read (unless you speak French) in order to get every word."
VideoCritic | Miami, FL | 07/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan of fashion, I knew that this film would give me the insight I was looking for. This documentary is the first time Karl Lagerfeld allowed a director to follow his life. It unveils the influence this legendary desginer has on the fashion world. I truly recommend this title for ALL who are fans of all things fashion."