Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
Time Out says
A man who was synonymous with sophisticated '70s fashion, Roy Halston was a singular designer and a Me Decade icon. Surely he warrants a straight-no-chaser documentary instead of playing second fiddle to a narcissistic filmmaker, right? Abandon hope, all ye who expect insight into what made this game-changing gent tick; instead, we get director Whitney Smith tooling around in a Trans Am, showing off his disco-chic wardrobe and blathering about his own '70s fixations. Worse, interviews with Liza Minnelli, Andr Leon Talley and other Halston associates favor awkward encounters and amateur-hour behavior (on-camera ringing cell phones, lighting interruptions, tongue-lashings regarding Smith's appalling lack of research) over actual conversation. Such pitiable incompetence isn't charming, it's embarrassing---and simply inexcusable.
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