Since nobody gives quotes like fast-talking Karl Lagerfeld, it must have been a Herculean task for French filmmaker Rodolphe Marconi to edit down some 350 hours of footage into an 87-minute documentary. Titled Lagerfeld Confidential, the film is slated to hit French theaters on Oct. 10 with the promise of new insights into one of the most exhilarating and public figures in fashion. “His vision of me might be different from my vision of me,” Lagerfeld allows of the film, which was several years in the making.

Marconi was granted exceptional access to the designer as he went about his dizzying life: doing fittings with Nicole Kidman here, photographing a celebrity there. Given that cameras already trail him everywhere, Lagerfeld says the process was hardly intrusive. “[Marconi] was easy to be around,” he says. “The movie isn’t bad. It’s beautifully filmed in terms of image making. I found it poetic—not that I’m poetic—but the movie is.” Given that Lagerfeld is a master of controlling his image, Marconi—who has directed such actors as Gaspard Ulliel, Melanie Laurent and Jane Birkin—lets the footage speak for itself. But the experience gave Lagerfeld no hankering for a film career. “I don’t want to be an actor. There’s only one part I know—myself.”

Lagerfeld Confidential

U.S. release, Oct. 24–Nov. 6
Film Forum
209 West Houston Street
New York

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