Written May 27, 2013
When the credits rolled, the names of the Goodman heirs turned up as executive producers. No surprise, because this was the thinnest of documentaries--even in the category of fashion documentaries--I've ever seen. Too many quick, choppy scenes, no examination of the economics of fashion, everyone there loves everybody else.....Ick!
Written May 13, 2013
I like the idea of this film because I like shopping at the store. But watching the documentary felt more like sitting through a self aggrandizing infomercial. It felt trite and desperate and irrelevant and it could've been so much more.
Written May 26, 2013
Good documentary with insight into the upper class New York Jet Set suppliers. Good look behind the scenes with the designers, the choosers of what goes in and, most delightfully, the making of the Christmas windows. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Good fast pacing except for one part about 2/3 of the way through. Then, it picks right back up.
Written May 05, 2013
It was a Bergdorf's kind of day! We started with lunch at BG on the 7th floor of Bergdorf's overlooking Central Park ~ delicious as always! Lobster Napoleon! mmm. Then we took the bus to the movie on 59th and Third for the 5:30 show.
The movie was very well done. Quite information and full of interesting shots, interviews and ideas about marketing and designers as seen from Bergdorf's perspective. One of my favorite scenes was making the fish window ~ I LOVED that window ~ and the tile fish showroom where the windows are created. All the back scenes were fascinating. Loved watching the guy who found out sales clerks at Bergdorf make $450,000 to $500,000 a year. He was quite funny. Where has he BEEN that he didn't know that?
Loved the movie. Love the store even more. Now, if I could only win the Mega Millions!?!
Written May 28, 2013
This high-energy romp with the people behind the success of the World's Greatest Store shows their colorful personalities and just a hint of their inner toughness. A hopeful young clothing designer with great bloodlines pitches her creations, only to get an oh-so-elegant brushoff. We see a fleeting glimpse of her pain but are spared the news she has since gone out of business. The master of the store's show windows wields such power that the fashion elite design dresses to fit his window instead of vice versa. Generations of the Goodman family (Bergdorf bailed out for France early last century) maintain their stamp on the store even after its acquisition by the Neiman Marcus chain - a transaction we're not explicitly told of till the film's end. Yet, the world's leading creators of clothes and jewelry and shoes can't resist the store's magnetic allure, and neither, in the hands of these artful documentarians, can we. Paul from NYC