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Movie review: 'Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's' a frenetic look at fashion's home

Published May 24, 2013 7:31 am

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The frenzied, fast-paced documentary "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's" can be seen as either a valentine to high living or Prosecution Exhibit A at the tribunal when the revolution comes.

The movie chronicles the glamorous life at Bergdorf Goodman, the department store on New York's Fifth Avenue that has been a fashion destination for movie stars, society mavens and first ladies. Jacqueline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are all name-dropped. A parade of fashion designers (including Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani, Isaac Mizrahi, Vera Wang and the Olsen Twins) gushes over the store for taking chances on new talent. The interviews are plentiful, but little more than flattering soundbites.

Where director Matthew Miele engages us is by profiling the people behind the scenes — particularly fashion director Linda Fargo, personal shopper Betty Halbreich and chief window designer David Hoey — as they shape the store and America's idea of fashion.

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'Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's'

Opens Friday, May 24, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated PG-13 for a brief sexual reference; 93 minutes.