'Valentino' flows from the runway


CORRECTED 9:35 a.m. PT Jan. 18

PARK CITY -- The life of legendary fashion designer Valentino is coming to the big screen in the documentary "Valentino: The Last Emperor."

Directed by Vanity Fair special correspondent Matt Tyrnauer, "Valentino" will chronicle the 45-year career of the wealthy Italian designer on the eve of his last haute couture show, set for Wednesday at the Rodin Museum in Paris. For his feature debut, Tyrnauer spent about two years shooting more than 250 hours of intimate footage of the man and his entourage.

"We were let into the inner circle, but we had to stick it out for a long time -- practically move in -- to capture the truly great moments," Tyrnauer said. "Valentino is surrounded by a tight-knit family of friends and workers, but, eventually, their guard came down and they forgot there was a camera crew in the room."

The film will look beyond his work to explore Valentino's relationships, the way a maverick faces the end of a long career and the end of an era in fashion. It was inspired by Tyrnauer's Vanity Fair profile of the artist.

Shot in widescreen high-definition, the film will be ready for festivals in April, with producers Tyrnauer and Matt Kapp and aiming for a May debut at Cannes. Plans are in the works for premiere parties and special events at film fests, fashion weeks and other venues worldwide.