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The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line and his untimely death.

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Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui (co-director)

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Peter Ettedgui
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Bernard Arnault Bernard Arnault ... Himself
Joseph Bennett Joseph Bennett ... Himself
Detmar Blow Detmar Blow ... Himself
Isabella Blow Isabella Blow ... Herself (archive footage)
Katy England Katy England ... Herself
Magdalena Frackowiak Magdalena Frackowiak ... Herself
Jodie Kidd ... Herself
Alexander McQueen ... Himself (archive footage)
Gary James McQueen Gary James McQueen ... Himself
Janet McQueen Janet McQueen ... Herself
Joyce McQueen Joyce McQueen ... Herself (archive footage)
Kate Moss ... Herself
Michelle Olley Michelle Olley ... Herself
Dana Thomas Dana Thomas ... Herself
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Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence. Written by Salon

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A Documentary on the Life of Lee Alexander McQueen


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Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander McQueen See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$98,873, 22 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,257,275, 4 October 2018
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1.85 : 1
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McQueen suffered from depression and was addicted to drugs. He died on February 11, 2010, at the age of forty. The designer, under the influence of drugs, committed suicide by hanging, nine days after the death of his mother to cancer. His death is generally regarded as a great loss to the fashion world. See more »

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A Powerful Documentary
13 June 2018 | by JesseWaughSee all my reviews

PipAndSqueak makes some strong points, but I'm not sure what he's saying about people's (lack of) grief at McQueen's passing -- that McQueen was a control freak and therefore not cared about in the end?

I don't know what PipAndSqueak is referring to with "LAM" - does anyone know? I was actually wondering if PipAndSqueak might be Detmar Blow - but no evidence for that.

PipAndSqueak titled his (?) essay "Sacrificial LAM" - that's what I was just thinking -- that Alexander McQueen functioned in his life, and functions now, as an 'Art Christ' similar to van Gogh - but for the 21st century. Considering the disposability of males to most species including the human species, it's disturbing to contemplate that McQueen may actually serve as a type of human sacrifice for the art and beauty craving masses, during this era of ugliness and chaos. Perhaps his extreme creative honesty and ability to transmute ugliness into beauty filled the massive cultural chasm we are currently suffering.

This documentary is pretty much on par with the documentary put out about Alexander McQueen in 2011. It offers us a lot of new information, for which I am grateful, and it is entertaining.

I've found just as much value in watching interviews with McQueen on YouTube. But this movie presents a concise - if not complete - picture of his career and art. I greatly appreciate that this film was made, and I hope we can learn from it and advance ourselves further given the knowledge it affords to us.


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