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Tom Ford's A Single Man Gets Rave Reviews at Venice Film Fest


Tom Ford's directorial debut, an adaptation of the Christopher Isherwood novel A Single Man, debuted last night at the Venice Film Festival.

The Times (which gave it 4 of 5 stars)  had this to say about it:

Firth "It’s no surprise that the feature film directing debut of fashion designer Tom Ford is a thing of heart-stopping beauty. He celebrates the male form with a sensual reverence. He uses colour with the visual articulacy of Wong Kar Wai and frames his shots with elegance and wit. It looks like a Wallpaper magazine photo shoot styled by Douglas Sirk. But what is a little more unexpected, certainly for those who were suspicious of Ford’s background in the ephemeral world of fashion, is that this is no frothy, throwaway piece of pretty silliness. Rather it’s a work of emotional honesty and authenticity which announces the arrival of a serious filmmaking talent. There will be critics who will be unable to get past the director’s background, but rest assured: Tom Ford is the real deal. "

Hollywood Reporter last October: "Published in 1964, the novel centers on a gay man who, after the sudden death of his partner, is determined to persist in his usual routine, which is seen in the span of a single, ordinary day in Southern California."

Said Ford of the debut: "Really no one's seen it yet, so of course I'm terrified because in a way it's the most personal thing I've ever done and it's the thing that is the most expressive of who I am. If you know me as a fashion designer, people would think that I'm one thing -- slick, sexy. That's something that I do as a product. This (film) for me was the first pure artistic expression that I've ever created so in that way it's much more personal to me and I'm more vulnerable in a way because it is so personal."

WWD has an interview with the director.

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  1. This is great news. "A Songle Man" is Isherwood's masterpiece, and it would be a crime to fuck it up.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 11, 2009 11:01:21 AM

  2. I had assumed this film would be visually beautiful, but it's nice to hear that it seems to have some emotional heft since Tom Ford generally comes across as such a self-absorbed elitist tool.

    Like so many others, he'd be wise to let his work speak for itself. When he speaks , his own stylishly shod foot seems to get inserted into his mouth more often than not.

    Posted by: Funbud | Sep 11, 2009 11:25:19 AM

  3. Good for him -- anyone who does justice to isherwood has my support.

    Posted by: Pinky | Sep 11, 2009 12:04:31 PM

  4. a pleasant surprise. love knowing that talented individuals have other layers and depth - so getting other insights into Ford's aesthetic sensibility will be intriguing. thanks for sharing out the info and link!

    Posted by: brian | Sep 11, 2009 12:19:48 PM

  5. Most people underestimate Tom Ford, and that is a huge mistake. He gave an interview on December 28th, 1999, on Charlie Rose that is still one of my favorites:

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 11, 2009 1:04:59 PM

  6. Ehrenstein needs bifocals so long as that typo went unnoticed!

    Posted by: Antaeus | Sep 11, 2009 6:01:29 PM

  7. I agree with "don't underestimate Tom Ford". All of his interviews with Charlie Rose have been impressive. He has such vision & now shows great depth & emotion. I cannot wait to see A Single Man.

    Posted by: Leslie | Dec 16, 2009 4:32:22 PM

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