Yah, I was there, toward the front near gdl and Jasonmarshalljazz. I was the one who asked the question afterward about how or whether the meaning of wearing this stuff changes over time when fewer people wear custom clothing, or can afford to. The dir didn't quite answer it, but it provoked some good discussion.
Boyer was seated near me, next to a dude in a tank top. O tempora, o mores, etc.
I wish I had been able to like the doc more. They edited it down to the minimum length of a feature these days -- about 65 minutes -- but it still dragged, because it had no structure. You get a lot of superb photography of Naples and tailors' ateliers, and portraits of various personalities, but nothing really organizes the film. Things it could have done visually include show, rather than sideways describe, the history of the cut, or show how a suit is made. We get bits of these things but only bits.
After the screening, met various bloggers/industry types. People from Gilt Men, Isaia, Rugby, Bastian, as well as yfuf whom I must thank for the drinks.
Later that eve, caught Garbo: The Spy
a doc about a WWII Spanish double agent who, working for the British, helped persuade the Germans that the Normandy invasion was not the main event. It, too, had a complex historical/cultural subject, but did it with a great deal of thought as to how moving pictures illustrate a point or tell a story.Edited by mack11211 - 12/1/11 at 6:12am