Cinema Review: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

DIR: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt,  Frédéric Tcheng • WRI: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frédéric Tcheng • PRO: Lisa Immordino Vreeland • DOP: Cristobal Zanartu • ED: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frédéric Tcheng • Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Aryana Engineer

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is an extraordinary epic much like the woman it portrays. Vreeland was epic; a powerful creative mind which remains influential to this day. She was both eccentric and electric. She was the ‘Pizazz’ she so looked for in the world around her. With no formal education and a mother who looked on her as her ‘ugly duckling’, Vreeland defied the odds; she exploded into the fashion industry changing the perception of women, and leading the way for the new career women of the 20th century. She took the perception of strangeness in people and made it beautiful; she was behind many great careers such as Barbara Streisand and Cher.

This documentary is the very essence of everything that she was: creative, intuitive, artistic and mad. It is insightful, beautiful and rewarding. Anyone who has seen Man with a Movie Camera will appreciate this for the sheer beauty and depth to this biopic – It is the hidden eye of everything that Vreeland stood for. The juxtaposition of images slammed together, highlighting the sheer intensity of how she lived her life and more importantly how she worked as an editor. The film depicts the sheer wealth of the life and times she lived in. Born in 1903 she flowed through all the notable periods in the 20th century for anyone of our generation right up to her death in the late ’80s; times unlike any other. This woman had a wealth of knowledge about life and how people were, what they wanted and what they didn’t know they wanted yet! This film embodies the sheer vibrancy of a woman way ahead of her time; she stood in a league of her own.

It is a must see for anyone with an interest in documentary film, design or fashion. .. Go see it, ‘Why don’t you…’


Juls Nicholl-Stimpson


Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel  is released on 21st September 2012

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel  –  Official website


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