With Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Documentarian Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict) presents an engaging portrait of the visionary Cecil Beaton. Known for his astounding work ethic and prickly personality, the celebrated and sometimes controversial photographer and costume designer shot iconic portraits of celebrities and took home two Academy Awards® for his work on Gigi and My Fair Lady.
Beaton’s celebrity photos included Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation and Greta Garbo after her retirement. Expertly weaving thoughtful passages from Beaton’s diaries—brought to life through Rupert Everett’s keen narration—with archival interviews featuring his famous friends (and foes), Love, Cecil tracks the artist’s long, illustrious career with equal amounts of affection and frankness. Among those interviewed are artist David Hockney, actress Leslie Caron, designer Isaac Mizrahi, and photographer David Bailey.
“Vreeland’s willingness to include painful as well as flattering details is what gives Love, Cecil its punch. It seems that Beaton never found much personal happiness or fulfillment, but his striking visual talents allowed him to achieve that fierce youthful goal of escaping the constrictions of ordinary life” (Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter).
After the screening, Lisa Vreeland will sign copies of Love, Cecil, the beautiful new book published by Abrams alongside the release of Vreeland’s film.
DOCUMENTARY, USA, 2017
DIRECTED BY LISA IMMORDINO VREELAND
CAST: CECIL BEATON, HAMISH BOWLES
RUNNING TIME: 98 MINS