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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
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DOCUMENTARY


Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: May 17, 2013 Released by: Entertainment One

A disjointed, if dynamic documentary from Matthew Miele takes one into the luxuriant Manhattan store celebrating its 111 anniversary.

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's is probably more reverential than revelatory as the filmmaking often comes across as a stunningly extravagant ride that includes Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, and Bernie Madoff who had an effect on a ravishing cultural mecca.

Some of the shoppers include celebs like Susan Lucci and Ashley Olsen and designing maestros like Giorgio Armani used their bucks and brawn help augment its lore and allure especially for fashionistas (who'll be most interested in this kind of art form).

Maybe the better talking heads collected in scattershot fashion by Miele are the pungent personal shopper Betty Halbreich (who'll admit whom she dislikes) and no-nonsense fashion director Linda Fargo who monitors the place like a rarefied fortress.

The aspiration for what began as a tailor shop is packaged in an arguably elitist way that celebrates consumerism more than an inviting expose on entrepreneur muscular élan. Perhaps those not into what offers some eclat to Bergdorf's thanks to designers like David Hoey with those eye-popping windows still has a stylistic luster thanks to Justin Bare, Miele's lenser. Of course, a caustic Joan Rivers (of E!'s Fashion Police) sets things straights about those who dare to take fashion seriously.

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