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Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams(Salvatore - Il calzolaio dei sogni)

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Italy
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2021

2h 0m

Director Luca Guadagnino
Starring Manolo Blahnik, Grace Coddington, Christian Louboutin, Salvatore Ferragamo
Genre Documentary
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In the early 20th century, poor teenage Italian cobbler Salvatore Ferragamo sailed from Naples to America to seek a better life. He settled in Southern California and became Hollywood's go-to shoemaker during the silent era. In 1927, he returned to Italy and founded his namesake luxury brand. This documentary recounts his life and career.

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Screen Daily by Allan Hunter

Luca Guadagnino’s lush documentary may be traditional in its use of talking head interviews and evocative archive footage, but it works a treat when the subject is this fascinating.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

“Shoemaker of Dreams” works as well as it does because Guadagnino fills each moment with such delight for his subject that it’s impossible not to end up consumed by that spell.
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Variety by Guy Lodge

The film is undeniably overlong, and far more engaging in its first half, which covers Ferragamo’s hard-up Neapolitan beginnings and lively career as a shoemaker to the stars in 1920s Tinseltown with a mixture of romantic evocation and chewy historical expertise.