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Halston (2019)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 24 May 2019 (USA)
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Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.

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Frédéric Tcheng
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liza Minnelli ... Herself
Marisa Berenson ... Herself
Joel Schumacher ... Himself
Naeem Khan ... Himself
Pat Cleveland ... Herself
Karen Bjornson Karen Bjornson ... Herself
Alva Chinn Alva Chinn ... Herself
Nancy North Nancy North ... Herself
Chris Royer Chris Royer ... Herself
Bob Colacello ... Himself
Lesley Frowick Lesley Frowick ... Herself
Lisa Zay Lisa Zay ... Herself
Gino Balsamo Gino Balsamo ... Himself
Faye Robson Faye Robson ... Herself
Michael Lichtenstein Michael Lichtenstein ... Himself
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Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.

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High Fashion. High Finance. High Life. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halston See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,643, 26 May 2019

Gross USA:

$151,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$163,446
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Stereo

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2.35 : 1
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Mismatched
14 September 2019 | by jadepietroSee all my reviews

GRADE: C+

THIS FILM IS MILDLY RECOMMENDED.

IN BRIEF: The film may be dressed to the nines, but there's not much there.

JIM'S REVIEW: Documentarian Frederic Tcheng's fascination with fashion icons continues in his latest film, Halston, now streaming on CNN and other sites. The subject is worthy viewing, even if the documentary doesn't always inform as well as it should.

We learn about Roy Halston Frowick's mercurial rise and fall via film clips and interviews with friends and models, but the facts are generally glossed over in favor of glitz and glamour. Halston's personal story gets lost in the execution. One knows of his impact on the world of fashion during the 60's and 70's. With clients like Jackie Kennedy, Marisa Berenson, and Liza Minnelli, who wouldn't recognize his fame, talent, and fortune! But the details about this successful country boy turned celebrity are missing. The director seems more interested in gossip and the Studio 54 crowd than the designer.

The film starts with Halston's beginnings as a milliner at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC before branching out on his own. We never learn about his networking, or his inspirations for his design work. We see his extravagance life style with none of the notoriety and only a mere mention of the behind-the-scenes backstabbing. We learn of his business dealings, but avoid most of the evidence of his volatile behavior and temper tantrums. His personal gay life is mainly innuendo and never examined with much detail. His financial decline, the most interesting section of the film, is sidetracked and not given the depth it needs to show Halston's tragic end.

Perhaps the biggest misstep is the introduction of a fictitious narrator, played by Tavi Gevinson, who is presumingly researching this great man, as if he were Charles Foster Kane and the secret word is Rosebud. This film's conceit dooms the film and Mr. Tcheng upstages his subject with this silly plot device.

Still, the interviews are always entertaining and the nostalgia factor with his trendy pop art color statements, dated pillbox hats, and sexy hot pants are a comforting throwback to retro times. It's just that Halston himself deserved a more fitting tribute. This documentary, despite its good intentions, needs some alterations.


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