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Lagerfeld Confidential

by Aron Gold, Esq.
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Wednesday Sep 17, 2008
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Which would you prefer, watching 91 minutes of "Project Runway" or 91 minutes exploring the life and times of Karl Lagerfeld, famed German designer in charge of the House of Chanel?

Any rational homosexual would def choose the latter, because who honestly wouldn’t want to see an inside glimpse of Lagerfeld’s life? After viewing the documentary Lagerfeld Confidential, it can safely be said that you’re better off just wikipedia-ing the infamous German designer, because this documentary is largely boring and presents Karl as the crazy designer he is.

"Lagerfeld Confidential" promises and "up close and personal portrait of the fashion icon." This is true to a certain extent as there is a large amount of footage presented to us. Lagerfeld, however, is so overwhelmingly over-the-top and obnoxious that it largely makes the documentary unenjoyable to watch. There is no sense of humbleness that comes with his success as he singlehandedly revitalized the Coco Chanel house.

Some old footage of fashion shows break up the monotony of the interviews. The complete lack of a sountrack serves to continue the monotony of the film, and the slight punctuations with the obviously budget-friendly parts of Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" only stand to heighten the silence that is truely deafening.

The unusual part of this documentary release is its lack of special features. There are only a few outtakes and the original theatrical trailer which are both disappointing. Usually with any DVD documentary releases, there are extended interviews and significant additional footage. Hence, this DVD release is hardly worth the price unless you are a TRUE Lagerphile.

Aron is a contributor to Edge, focusing on critiques and local events. He is an attorney in Philadelphia.

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