Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
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Friday, July 13, 7 pm—Director present
Glass of wine included in ticket price from 6 – 7 pm in the Speed Cinema lobby
$9 / $7 Speed and Frazier History Museum members
“A handsome paean to its subject.” —Natalia Winkelman, Film Threat
Cecil Beaton is best known for his production design for Oscar-winning films Gigi and My Fair Lady (especially the white and black Edwardian costumes for the unforgettable Ascot race), but his talents went far beyond that.
Beaton was frustrated by his wide-ranging interests and abilities—as a photographer, theatre and film designer as well as a gifted diarist—and wondered whether he would have done better to concentrate on just one field. It is clear in Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s film that our culture would have been far less fortunate if he had.
Using previously unseen footage and stills, and with excerpts from his diaries wittily narrated by Rupert Everett, you get a sense of Beaton as the furthest from “just an ordinary, anonymous person,” his lifelong fear. His world is one of utter fascination—from his work for Vogue as a photographer in World War II, to his relationship with the Royal Family and his alleged affair with Greta Garbo (her picture was discovered in his bedroom among those of two of his male lovers). 2017, U.S., DCP, 98 minutes. Recommended for 13+.
Screening in conjunction with the exhibition Magnificent Mona Bismarck: Kentucky Style Icon on view at the Frazier History Museum through July 29. The exhibition features dozens of photographs of Louisville native Bismarck captured by Beaton.