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Love, Cecil
Cecil
Documentary Feature
99 minutes
2017
Director(s): Lisa Immordino Vreeland
USA
 
Sat 12:00 PM Armory buy tickets
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere 

Photographer and designer Cecil Beaton embodied the 20th century as few artists could. A stylish dandy and member of the 1920s “Bright Young Things” in England, he also was a visionary portrait and fashion photographer who documented World War II soldiers and legendary celebrities, including Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation and Greta Garbo after her retirement. He designed for Broadway and Hollywood, winning Academy Awards for his revolutionary sets and costumes for the iconic (and Oscar-winning) musicals, My Fair Lady and Gigi. Archival film footage and a trove of Beaton’s magnificent photographs are enhanced by excerpts from his voluminous published diaries as narrated by Rupert Everett. Among those interviewed are artist David Hockney, actress Leslie Caron, designer Isaac Mizrahi, and photographer David Bailey. 
Director’s Statement

Cecil Beaton has been in my visual orbit for many years. As a child, I loved My Fair Lady and have been passionate about photography for many years. My experience as a filmmaker has allowed me to delve in depth into the lives of visionaries who I have admired for many years. Beaton was someone who intrigued me, his driving ambition was paramount in his life. His creative drive dominated him and ultimately he sacrificed everything just for that. I have often said that my work is dictated by the archives I have access to. In the case of this film, this played an even more fundamental role. 
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