Karl Lagerfeld may be one of the most idolized designers of this time. He’s mysterious, honest, creative, and so captivating you want to pick his brain. Chances are you’ll never get to, and the few that do, keep their knowledge under lock and key… until now. Director Rodolphe Marconi filmed over 150 hours of raw footage, which was cut down to 1h25 minutes, including credits, to provide a peep into the life of the Monsieur Lagerfeld.
I had an opportunity to screen the documentary and from the jump I was nervous. It begins with Rodolphe (I’m assuming he is the one holding the camera in that scene) walking into Lagerfeld’s bedroom. A crisp, white sheeted bed faces a window with built-in wall bookshelve overflowing with books. So much so they are literally everywhere minus the bed and seating everywhere. Rodolphe asks whether it’s ok to enter and there’s no response. My heart sinks because Rodolphe begins to enter, Karl’s personal space mind you, without confirmation. When Karl finally does enter the shot for the first time, he says nothing. Pas de bonjour. Pas de salut. Pas de signe de tête. Rien.
And than, there’s a shift. Sort of like when you have your morning coffee. He doesn’t become different, but you understand more. You gain a sense of him that you otherwise wouldn’t gain from an article, or interview, or runway collection. It’s something that one only sees from following another around for an excessive amount of time and capturing it all on film. This Friday, you can see it too. See inside the man behind Chanel, Fendi, and Karl Lagerfeld on TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand in Lagerfeld Confidential.
Lagerfeld Confidential is a part of documentaries airing on TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand this month including a few titles I want to see myself like Le Cauchemar de Darwin, Marching Band, Retour en Normandie, Ne Me Libérez Pas Je M’En Charge. Be sure to check your network provider to ensure you have TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand. You’ll be very upset if you miss it.
P.S. At one point you see him without his sunglasses.