He stands vindicated as one of the great arbiters of twentieth-century design. His forty-five-year career spans the dizzying innovations and financial explosion of post-war global fashion, from his start in the French ateliers where he studied, through the meteoric rise of his line in the sixties, when Italian fashion houses came to dominate the international marketplace, and on to today, as he departs, elegant as ever. This documentary, spanning the period between Valentino’s seventieth birthday and his final couture show, is of course concerned with showing his contributions to his field. But the film actually aims not for the head, but the heart. At the centre is a love story: the fiftyyear relationship between Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti, his business partner, lover, best friend and confidante.
Matt Tyrnauer is a writer, director, producer, and award-winning journalist residing in Los Angeles. His recent films include Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2016); Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival; and Jean Nouvel: Reflections, which premiered at the 2016 New York Film Festival and Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008), which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was short-listed for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
2008, 96', color, video