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Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 23 September 2011 (UK)
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An exploration of the clothes, the glamour and the decadence of iconic fashion designer Halston.

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Whitney Smith (as Whitney Sudler-Smith)

Writers:

Whitney Smith (as Whitney Sudler-Smith), Anne Goursaud

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Cast

Credited cast:
Patricia Altschul Patricia Altschul ... Herself
Phillip Bloch ... Himself
Thom Browne Thom Browne ... Himself
Stephen Burrows ... Himself
Pat Cleveland ... Herself
Bob Colacello ... Himself
Richard DuPont Richard DuPont ... Himself
Robert Dupont Robert Dupont ... Himself
Amy Fine-Collins ... Herself
Anthony Haden-Guest Anthony Haden-Guest ... Himself
Halston ... Himself (archive footage)
Cathy Horyn Cathy Horyn ... Herself
Anjelica Huston ... Herself
Billy Joel ... Himself
Randy Jones ... Himself
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Storyline

Using archival footage of and interviews about fashion designer and icon Halston (1932-1990), Whitney Smith looks at the 1970s in Manhattan. Smith is interested in the parties and the excess, which contrast with Halston's minimalist lines. There is a rough chronology for Halston: from milliner to couture to an unsuccessful attempt to bring his designs to the customers of J.C. Penney. The principal focus is on the world of Studio 54 and Halston's part in it. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sex. Drugs. Fame. Fabric.

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,968, 22 January 2012

Gross USA:

$11,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,539
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Director Whitney Smith was in reality TV show "southern charm" See more »

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Fantastic subject that is butchered by a self-serving, novice director!
8 March 2015 | by mikethejanitorSee all my reviews

Was this film about Halston? Or was it about the director's love FOR Halston? Whatever the case, it's terrible no matter how you view it. What a missed opportunity to convey a great story about the life and career of an American fashion icon.

Director Whitney Smith is deplorable in this documentary by driving around in a 70's Pontiac Firebird trying to be chic in 70's clothes and wigs.

He seems to have no idea how to conduct interviews and doesn't appear to be prepared to meet with the pretty impressive line-up of fashion elite and celebrities that are featured in this documentary.

And he does this looking and acting like a total clown/novice.

It's cringe worthy and embarrassing. The story of Halston is an amazing one with some great archival footage and story telling from the people that knew Halston. Sadly, the director focuses too much time on himself and not enough time on the subject matter.


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