Just a few days ago, The Academy released its much anticipated shortlist of nominations for best documentary feature in the upcoming 2010 Oscars. Of the hundreds that were considered, only fifteen films made the cut. The highly anticipated documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, directed by the controversial filmmaker Michael Moore, was not nominated. However, another love story of sorts, a critically acclaimed film directed by filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer, may take home the golden trophy.
Valentino: The Last Emperor is the final product of over two hundred hours of footage shot over two years by Tyrnauer, Vanity Fair Magazine’s Special Correspondent, who captures the final days in the career of legendary designer Valentino. The film also explores the current state of the fashion business as a whole, but Tyrnauer was granted a kind of access that had previously never been allowed in the exclusive world of Haute Couture and followed the “last true couturier” and his entourage: “We were let in to the inner circle, but we had to stick it out for a long time, practically move in, to capture the truly great moments. Valentino is surrounded by a tight-knit family of friends and employees, but, eventually, their guard came down and they forgot there was a camera crew in the room. He shuts out all that is not beautiful, and we followed him around the world to capture that special world.”
Yet at its heart, it is a film about love, as it explores the relationship between Valentino and Giancarlo Giametti, his business partner and companion of 50 years. Valentino: The Last Emperor has been called “a film and fashion worldwide event marking the end of an era”. Perhaps there is one documentary on the shortlist that deserves film’s ultimate prize. What do you think?
Written by- Ashley Ellis