Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes Director: Matthew Miele
A delightful documentary about the one-of-a-kind luxury American department store, New York's Bergdorf Goodman, Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's offers a very glamorous portrait of how the 1 percent live.
The film includes a mini-history of the Manhattan emporium, which was founded in 1899; a behind-the-scenes look at how its storied holiday windows are created; and commentary from such high-end fashion figures as Vera Wang and Giorgio Armani, along with bling and $3,000-shoe consumers including Joan Rivers and Ashley Olsen.
The real stars here, though, are the long-time mostly 50-plus employees of Bergdorf's who take their work very seriously.
Fascinating among them is Betty Halbreich, 85, who has worked at the store since 1976. A personal shopper for folks like Meryl Streep and Candice Bergen, Halbreich proves that fashion is ageless — for herself and her clients. With her wry personality and brutally honest opinions, she also proves that true character dies hard. Check her and this frothy confection out for a breath of rarefied air.
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