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May 29, 2009 2:00 AM

'Valentino' offers opulence over substance

Short, majestically coiffed, with hooded eyes, an orange-tinted tan and the peevish impatience of an absolute monarch: that is Valentino Garavani, the Italian couturier known simply as Valentino, as he appears in Matt Tyrnauer's documentary portrait, "Valentino: The Last Emperor." Watching the movie is a little like gorging on chocolate and champagne until that queasy moment arrives when you realize you've consumed far too much.

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