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Movie Review + Trailer: 'Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's'

High-end shopping as a documentary

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.

See also: Herrera, Kors and other 50-plus designers still hot


Fashion designer Vera Wang in "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's." — Courtesy Entertainment One

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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BERGDORF GOODMAN'S WINDOWS: Douglas Little created a series of high-end covers adorned with pricey materials, and carried out each design's concept onto the larger palette of Bergdorf Goodman's window displays. In one scene, for example, the laptop takes the place of the pea in Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale.

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