The maker of SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF’S brings a burst of pop-culture gusto to this profile of Tiffany & Co., yet another towering American icon of indulgence and bejeweled luxury. Celebrities including Baz Luhrmann, Jessica Biel, and Katie Couric enthuse over the thrill of being gifted with a little something in the signature blue box, but this documentary is at its best when going behind the style-and-marketing scenes to explore how the jewelry store, founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1837, penetrated mainstream consciousness to be forever linked to a wistful Audrey Hepburn by way of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. DCP digital. (BS)
Crazy About Tiffany's
I'm Crazy About Tiffany's
2016, Matthew Miele, USA, 87 min.
2015, Aviva Kempner, USA, 96 min.
"Rich and fascinating biography." – Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times
"Wholly engaging from its first frame to its last ... [Viewers] are guaranteed to leave the theater enlightened and perhaps more than a touch gobsmacked.” – Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com
Before the appearance of this acclaimed documentary, Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald had been largely forgotten – except within the African American community, where his massive influence remained widely appreciated. A Russian peddler’s son who made a fortune running Sears, Roebuck & Co., the Chicago-based Rosenwald resolved to share his wealth. Connecting the dots between Russian pogroms and Southern lynchings, he focused his largesse on education for African Americans. His ingeniously financed Rosenwald Schools (inspired by his friend Booker T. Washington) provided unprecedented learning opportunities for black children in rural communities. His Rosenwald Fund nurtured the careers of a veritable who’s who of “talented tenth” eminences: Langston Hughes, Marian Anderson, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Ralph Bunche, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou...the list goes on and on. Director Kempner (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG) creates a stirring tribute not only to a remarkable man but, even more so, to the leading figures of twentieth-century African American culture, an astonishing number of whom were empowered by Rosenwald’s generosity. DCP digital. (MR)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 at 6 PM: A Movie Club event, facilitated by Peter Ascoli, Julius Rosenwald's grandson and author of Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South.