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Vidal Sassoon: The Movie [Canadian]

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  • Vidal Sassoon is the world's best-known hairdresser, and one who radically changed the way many people thought about hair styling when he rose to fame in the 1960s. But Sassoon had already lived a remarkable and adventurous life before his geometric "wash and wear" hair styles became all the rage in Swinging London. Born in England to Jewish parents, he was part of a British anti-fascist group called the 43 Group, who battled organized anti-Semitism in the wake of World War II, and when his family relocated to Israel, he fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War as part of the Israeli Defense Force. In the 1950s, Sassoon returned to England and began pursuing a career cutting women's hair. Within a decade, his Bond Street salon would become a sensation, and after creating distinctive styles for such stars as Mia Farrow and Nancy Kwan, he became the most famous and influential man in his field. As his shop turned into a franchise and he launched a successful line of hair-care products, Sassoon proved he was a shrewd businessman as well as an artist, but despite finding fame and wealth his life has been marked by both triumph and tragedy. Filmmaker Craig Teper offers a look into the public and private life of a man who "changed the world with a pair of scissors" in the documentary VIDAL SASSOON: THE MOVIE. Featuring exclusive interviews with Mary Quant, Michael Gordon, and William Claxton as well as Sassoon and his family, VIDAL SASSOON: THE MOVIE received its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "[B]eyond the love fest of talking heads is a compelling life story that courses through the Depression, World War II and swinging London, all evoked in well-curated archival footage."
    Los Angeles Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "[The documentary] has the geometric style and swish of the iconic haircuts from the world's most famous crimper..."
    Total Film

    "VIDAL SASSOON charts the life and work of the hair stylist who became an embodiment of the brand he created....Sassoon is a natural in front of the camera..."
    Sight and Sound

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