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Love, Cecil

2017, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, USA, 99 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 6th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 6th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 7th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 8th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jul 9th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 10th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 11th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 12th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Profoundly moving and inspiring...the director achieves a really rather remarkable portrait of a complex, cussed and equally remarkable man, one whose work continues to exert a profound influence on a later generation of artists." - David Kettle, The Arts Desk

"Vreeland's willingness to include painful as well as flattering details is what gives LOVE, CECIL its punch...This sharply edited chronicle should help to burnish his image." - Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

Fascinating, complex, and contradictory, Cecil Beaton was many things, but, as this captivating documentary demonstrates, his most impressive achievement was the staging of his own life, marked by a restless and relentless drive for self-creation. A middle-class outsider hungry for acceptance in the elite circles, he taught himself photography and used his skill for stylized portraiture to gain entrée among the Bright Young Things of the 1920s. Moving to America, Beaton revolutionized fashion photography at Vogue until a perversely uncharacteristic anti-Semitic slur brought him into disgrace. Roughing it as a World War II photographer brought redemption, leading to further triumphs as a royal photographer, stage designer, Hollywood costume designer (winning Oscars for GIGI and MY FAIR LADY), and chronicler of the Swinging Sixties. Beaton was unapologetically gay during an era when homosexuality was illegal, but his love life (which included, amazingly, Greta Garbo) was ultimately unfulfilled. Beaton's candid, witty diaries (voiced by Rupert Everett) form the spine of the film, while counterpoint, both critical and contextualizing, is provided by interviews with Isaac Mizrahi, Manolo Blahnik, David Bailey, David Hockney, Penelope Tree, Leslie Caron, and more. DCP digital. (MR)

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