“Lagerfeld Confidential,” review by Maitland McDonagh

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French filmmaker Rodolphe Marconi’s portrait of Karl Lagerfeld, the German-born designer who jump-started the moribund House of Chanel in the early 1980s, isn’t an up-close and personal expose of the man behind the carefully cultivated persona. And perhaps it could never have been: The more Marconi tries to draw out Lagerfeld’s secrets, the more it appears that Lagerfeld is a sphinx who has none. Read more

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Maitland McDonagh

Formerly TVGuide.com's senior movies editor/reviewer, Maitland McDonagh now has her own site, Miss FlickChick.com, and freelances for Film Comment, Time Out NY and other publications. She has written four books -- Broken Mirrors Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, Filmmaking on the Fringe, The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time and Movie Lust -- and contributed to many others, including Film Out of Bounds, Fantasy Females, The Last Great American Picture Show and Exile Cinema. Read McDonagh's recent artilces below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Maitland McDonagh" into the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).