I do keep a television in my boudoir, but I really don’t watch a lot of it. I cancelled my cable a while back, and just purchase the few shows that I like to watch.
When I actually have time to commit to a couple of hours, and my son is asleep, I will generally choose an old movie (1940’s-1960’s), or a good documentary. I usually like to keep it light, and don’t really like to watch sad documentaries (or movies for that matter), so these aren’t super “deep,” but they take me to a happy and fascinating world.
Here are some of my favorite documentaries that I highly recommend:
3. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
2. Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
1. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s
Honorable mentions: Bill Cunningham New York, Secrets of Selfridges and Dior and I.
I recently learned about a couple of new documentaries that I am looking forward to seeing, as well:
The Gospel According to Andre
A story about the life and career of the king of fashion, Andre Leon Talley. Andre is the star of the show, but it includes many of fashion’s elite, from Anna Wintour to Karl Lagerfield. I love his quote in the trailer, “you can be aristocratic without having been born into an aristocratic family.” This film currently showing in select theaters.
Always at the Carlyle
(directed by Matthew Miele, who also directed Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s)
This documentary is about the history and goings on at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC. It covers the variety of celebrity guests from Hollywood legends, like Marilyn Monroe, to the Royal Family and U.S. Presidents. The story is told through a variety of celebrities from the late Anthony Bourdain to George Clooney.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
There are two people in show business whose voices have a calming effect on me. Martha Stewart and Fred Rogers. This documentary is about the latter. Mr. Rogers takes me back to my childhood. If I had a television in my childhood boudoir, his show would have been watched regularly. This was my favorite childhood show! This documentary is about his life and his unique way of connecting with children and teaching the important values. This film is currently showing in select theaters.
Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite documentary!!