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      The First Monday in May

      2016, Documentary, 1h 31m

      60 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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      First Monday in May may not resonate far beyond its target demographic, but for fashion aficionados, it should prove utterly absorbing. Read critic reviews

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      Filmmaker Andrew Rossi examines an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art that showcases Chinese-inspired Western fashions.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Brief Strong Language)

      • Genre: Documentary

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Andrew Rossi

      • Producer: Fabiola Beracasa, Skot Bright, Dawn Ostroff, Sylvana Ward Durrett, Matt Weaver

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $527.3K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

      • Production Co: Conde Nast Entertainment, Relativity Media, MediaWeaver Entertainment

      • Sound Mix: SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS

      Cast & Crew

      Dawn Ostroff
      Sarah Arison
      Jason Beckman
      Josh Braun
      Nancy Chilton
      Ryan Kavanaugh
      Tucker Tooley
      Andrew Rossi
      Chad Beck
      Andrew Coffman
      Andrew Rossi
      Sofia Hultquist
      Ian Hultquist

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      • Jun 06, 2016

        A less than pretty backstory of the annual Met Gala, which raises millions for the Metropolitan Museum and is led by the Met and by Vogue magazine via its New York editor, Anna Wintour. This one was themed around haute couture fashions inspired by western movie images of pre-communist China. There are plenty of derogatory attitudes filmed, including the stunning idea that there is no modern culture in China, and some breathtaking lack of elementary history or politics, let alone diplomacy. There are insults, in front of a live camera, towards key Chinese partners, or as soon as backs are turned. The key phrase on the Gala night is "two cultures" at which, if the shoe were on the other foot and the Chinese had done a similarly limited show, Americans would have taken offence. Elsewhere, the film covers inadequately the controversy around Galliano, who is interviewed. In a sexist pun, Anna Wintour gets dubbed "dragon lady", a caricature of powerful Chinese women, when her management decisions seem reasonable enough. The red carpet could resemble a pseudo-Chinese fancy dress parade. If you are against modern China, or you can simply ignore behaviour that wouldn't be tolerated at your job, in your class, or among your friends, then you might approach this piece as a celeb mag on wheels. You see the Gala exhibition; you see inside the St Laurent vault in Paris where the Mondrian is pulled out, and inside Wintour's home; Gaultier and Lagerfeld are interviewed; top Met officials insist that the eclectic exhibits not turn the Museum into an amusement park, or just wallpaper for the dresses. And there are wall-to-wall celebs throughout. Was the film intended as an exposé? It seems not. You really are supposed to be in awe. But perhaps its value lies in the fact that it didn't fully ken what it was revealing.

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