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Pret A Porter
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Alla vigilia di una settimana di sfilate, tutto il mondo parigino è in fibrillazione. Un evento tragico, tuttavia, si verifica: tornando dall'aeroporto dove è andato ad accogliere Sergei Oblomov (un sarto russo) il presidente della Camera nazionale della moda Olivier De La Fontaine muore nella sua automobile soffocato da un sandwich. Sergei intimorito si dilegua e la Polizia è convinta che si tratti di un delitto. Il sarto va in un grande albergo, ruba una giacca a quadretti, e si pone alla caccia della vedova del morto (Isabelle, che detestava il marito, alla pari di molti stilisti ed operatori del settore, che ora vengono a porgere ipocrite condoglianze). Tanti, tanti anni prima la splendida Isabelle e Sergei erano stati amanti. Nello stesso albergo Joe Flynn e Anne Eisenhower, giornalisti americani invitati a Parigi, obbligati ad occupare la medesima stanza, trascorrono giorni interi presi da amore, mandando fax in America sulla scorta della sole notizie viste in televisione. Poi ecco le fantasmagoriche sfilate: stilisti isterici come Cort Romney (un omosessuale) ed un avversario-amico (Cy Bianco), che dirige una équipe di modelle, tutte di colore come lui, oppure preoccupati come la seducente madame Simone Lowenthal (amante del defunto Oliver), il cui figlio Jack in pieno défilé della ditta vende l'azienda ad un industriale texano. Tutto si svolge in un clima di gente eccitata e vacua, di invertiti e travestiti, di truccatori, parrucchiere e strepitose modelle, tra veli fruscianti, tessuti costosissimi, con l'onnipresente fotografo Milo O'Brannigan - il migliore a livello internazionale - che fotografa a tradimento tre diverse redattrici delle migliori riviste di moda. Kitty Potter - sempre emergente nel caos...
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Pret A Porter is one of the wittiest films ever. It gives us a very cheeky view into the banal world of Haute Couture and crazyness that surrounds Paris fashion week. The films strength is in being able to praise the talent and extraordinary beauty that the catwalk can reveal, but at the same time poking fun at the people who take it far too seriously - as if their lives depended on fashion.
The film blends an all star cast (from old and new cinema) together with Cameo appearences by real people from the fashion industry (Jean Paul Gaultier, Gianfranco Ferre, Christian Lacroix).
The many stories in this film, entwine and move forward without complication and make the two hours of the film feel like 5 minutes. Every time I watch it, I wish it would carry on and on.
As far as the transfer to DVD is concerned - the picture and sound quality are excellent. The only irritating quirk, is the fact that the widescreen letterbox occupies the entire top three-quarters of the screen and leaves a thick black strip at the bottom (no strip at the top) - I assume this is for the subtitles. Also, it is low on extra features. This is why I give it a 4 rather than 5 star rating.
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Cast - 5 star! From Sophia Loren to Julia Roberts and Kim Bessinger. Absolutely amazing is Drew Berrimore whom you can hardly recognise. The movie includes video excerpts from important fashion events and shows including a number of 90ies biggest supermodels like Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen (who appears on the cover of the DVD), Christy Turlington and designers like Jean Paul Gauthier, Thiery Mugler, Sonia Rykiel, etc. You can also spot than supermodel today the first lady of France Carla Bruni.
The movie is bit overwhelmed with various short episodes, which all together creates the whole story. Nevertheless, all together I find it absolutely hilarious. The main message could be phrased as follows " Not only Rock'N'Roll but also Fashion is dead".
You will dive into a world of appearance and betrayal, where nobody cares about anything beyond his own success and good looks; where the spoken language - one of mankind's biggest conquest - is used only to hide one's true feeling.
It is a funny, witty and uncompromising universe, filled with gorgeous creatures like Julia Roberts or Lauren Bacall and cutting-edge dresses that look rather old-fashioned. But Altman's satire of the fashion world will never get out of style.
It is quite obviously difficult to do justice to all and everybody, so the National Board of Review gave its 1994 Award ("Best Acting by an Ensemble") to all and everybody: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Kim Basinger, Chiara Mastroianni, Stephen Rea, Anouk Aimée, Rupert Everett, Rossy de Palma, Tara Leon, Georgianna Robertson, Lili Taylor, Ute Lemper, Forest Whitaker, Tom Novembre, Richard E Grant, Anne Canovas, Julia Roberts, Tim Robbins, Lauren Bacall, Lyle Lovett, Tracey Ullman, Sally Kellerman, Linda Hunt, Teri Garr, Danny Aiello, Jean Rochefort and Michel Blanc.
Apart from, a bit like film-in-film in Truffaut's La nuit Américaine, the many fashion shows within fashion shows add to the turbulence of the movie, it has a hilarious self-parody by Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, which, like so much in this movie, is originally triggered by lost (actually: misplaced and later found luggage. Labiche and slapstick rather than communication and comprehension, nutty like Jerry Lewis, but a lot more refined, I needed two viewings until I was ready for my third, where I finally got the whole story together. And had a big, long laugh. And had a big, long laugh. Not all Altman is five star to me, but that which is, is hall of fame quality.
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Arrived in good condition in very good time. The film has long been a favourite and I grew tired of waiting for it to return to TV. Just the job for a sport-riddled TV evening.Published 28 days ago by Julian Hunt
This is certainly a star studded film, but "Ready to Wear" commits its first cardinal fashion sin in that it doesn't even look good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by GRP
I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the Ready To Wear (Pret A Porter) and I’m glad to have bought it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stella Carrier
I am a huge admirer of Altman but this is the worst of his films I've seen, actually Dr.T and the Women was bad too. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. E. A. Dobson
Casting is everything and the cast deliver. Great 5.1 soundtrack; Legrand's score is swamped by bumpin' tracks
from Gilbert & Sullivan to Grace Jones! Get the superior 1. Read more