A new fashion film, Love, Cecil, premiered this weekend at the local uptown Franesca Beale Theatre as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. After her recent Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Immordino Vreeland delivers another biographical film about the life and story of yet another creative genius: Cecil Beaton. Alongside Rupert Everett’s narration they orchestrate a cinematography expose of the artistic contributions of multidisciplinary Beaton.
Complementing interviews with various creatives, including painter David Hakney, Vogue magazine’s Hamish Bowels and photographer David Bailey illustrate the impact of an artist said to have sought after beauty while in the pursuit of exposing truth through art. His discoveries expressed through portraits of characters living in Hollywood glamour, classic films such as Gigi and My Fair Lady, fashion editorials in American Vogue and black and white images of men embracing their sexuality.
Snapshots and clips from the film’s trailer leaves us with anticipation and thought: “what if one is a dreamer?” Exploring the life of Cecil Beaton, writer, illustrator, filmmaker and photographer, we uncover the life of the artist and are guided to find our own understanding in Cecil’s journey to self-discovery.
Directed and Produced | Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Executive Producers | Jonathan Gray & Mark Lee
Narration | Rupert Everett
Featuring | David Bailey, Manolo Blahnik, Hamish Bowles, Susanna Brown, Leslie Caron, Peter Eyre, Phillipe Garner, Ray Gurton, Nicky Haslam, David Hockney, Alastair Macaulay, Isaac MizrahiRobin Muir, Hilary Roberts, Sir Roy Strong, Penelope Tree, Hugo Vickers & Tim Walker