Reviews - Specialty Releases


Film Review: A Man's Story

Ozwald Boateng may be the only designer who is more compellingly attractive than any of his models, and this less-than-deep documentary fully captures his undeniable charisma.

Nov 6, 2012

-By David Noh


filmjournal/photos/stylus/1366868-Man_Story_Md.jpg

For movie details, please click here.

In most instances save one, in nature, it is usually the male of the species who flaunts flamboyant plumage and colors. The exception, of course, is with human beings, where the female has the much wider range of sartorial choices and hues with which to display herself. Ghanian-born British designer Ozwald Boateng addresses this conundrum directly in his work, featuring immaculately cut tailoring for men which dazzles with its rainbow palette and use of surprising fabrics like shantung and taffeta. A real boundary breaker, at the age of 28 he became the youngest tailor to open a shop on London’s legendary center of bespoke, Savile Row.

Varon Bonicos trailed Boateng for a dozen years to make A Man’s Story, which captures the 6’4” designer, himself the best model for his creations with his chiseled, ebony looks, in a variety of intimate as well as glitteringly public situations. In the dues-paying department, we see him at his first, highly fraught presentation in Paris in 1994, frustratingly dealing with unpaid bills, his car being towed, a power outage during his show and the theft of his entire collection from his studio. But we also see him swanning on the runway, hanging with celebrities which include no less than Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, who gave him the Order of the British Empire. A number of stars—Will Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Richard Branson, Paul Bettany—weigh in with their sincere admiration of his work.

It’s a diverting immersion into the world of a subject who is, thankfully, highly charismatic and personally forthcoming, with a necessarily very healthy ego. We hear about this resolutely heterosexual man’s two painful divorces, the second of which was instigated when he discovered his wife’s affair through a text message. Despite every setback, Boateng’s life is a triumph of personality and talent over myriad adversity. The talent is unquestionable when one witnesses his creations on the catwalk, which may have you drooling to possess them. I just wish Bonicos had delved deeper into his creative process: Apart from stating that Giorgio Armani was his main inspiration, we learn very little about it.


Film Review: A Man's Story

Ozwald Boateng may be the only designer who is more compellingly attractive than any of his models, and this less-than-deep documentary fully captures his undeniable charisma.

Nov 6, 2012

-By David Noh


filmjournal/photos/stylus/1366868-Man_Story_Md.jpg

For movie details, please click here.

In most instances save one, in nature, it is usually the male of the species who flaunts flamboyant plumage and colors. The exception, of course, is with human beings, where the female has the much wider range of sartorial choices and hues with which to display herself. Ghanian-born British designer Ozwald Boateng addresses this conundrum directly in his work, featuring immaculately cut tailoring for men which dazzles with its rainbow palette and use of surprising fabrics like shantung and taffeta. A real boundary breaker, at the age of 28 he became the youngest tailor to open a shop on London’s legendary center of bespoke, Savile Row.

Varon Bonicos trailed Boateng for a dozen years to make A Man’s Story, which captures the 6’4” designer, himself the best model for his creations with his chiseled, ebony looks, in a variety of intimate as well as glitteringly public situations. In the dues-paying department, we see him at his first, highly fraught presentation in Paris in 1994, frustratingly dealing with unpaid bills, his car being towed, a power outage during his show and the theft of his entire collection from his studio. But we also see him swanning on the runway, hanging with celebrities which include no less than Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, who gave him the Order of the British Empire. A number of stars—Will Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Richard Branson, Paul Bettany—weigh in with their sincere admiration of his work.

It’s a diverting immersion into the world of a subject who is, thankfully, highly charismatic and personally forthcoming, with a necessarily very healthy ego. We hear about this resolutely heterosexual man’s two painful divorces, the second of which was instigated when he discovered his wife’s affair through a text message. Despite every setback, Boateng’s life is a triumph of personality and talent over myriad adversity. The talent is unquestionable when one witnesses his creations on the catwalk, which may have you drooling to possess them. I just wish Bonicos had delved deeper into his creative process: Apart from stating that Giorgio Armani was his main inspiration, we learn very little about it.
Post a Comment
Asterisk (*) is a required field.
* Author: 
Rate This Article: (1=Bad, 5=Perfect)

*Comment:
 

More Specialty Releases

Citizenfour
Film Review: Citizenfour

Documentary account of how Edward Snowden leaked intelligence to the world press. More »

Glen Campbell I'll Be Me
Film Review: Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

Alzheimer's is given an unforgettably human face here, and that face belongs to a music legend. More »

White Bird in a Blizzard
Film Review: White Bird in a Blizzard

A clichéd indie about a girl’s coming-of-age amidst her mother’s disappearance that, despite a sturdy lead performance by Shailene Woodley, is undone by hackneyed, go-nowhere plotting. More »

Exists
Film Review: Exists

Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sanchez returns to the faux-found footage well and hauls out a bucketful of Bigfoot in this derivative but creepy shocker. More »

ADVERTISEMENT



REVIEWS

John Wick
Film Review: John Wick

Retired hit man seeks revenge on Russian mob in an above-average action film. More »

Fury Review
Film Review: Fury

American tanks fight superior German forces in the closing days of World War II. More »

Player for the Film Journal International website.


ADVERTISEMENT



INDUSTRY GUIDES

» Blue Sheets
FJI's guide to upcoming movie releases, including films in production and development. Check back weekly for the latest additions.

» Distribution Guide
» Equipment Guide
» Exhibition Guide

ORDER A PRINT SUBSCRIPTION

Film Journal International

Subscribe to the monthly print edition of Film Journal International and get the full visual impact of this valuable resource for the cinema business.

» Click Here

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Learn how to promote your company at the Film Expo Group events: ShowEast, CineEurope, and CineAsia.

» Click Here