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Love, Cecil at the Speed Cinema

The Frazier Museum is partnering with the Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum to present the documentary Love, Cecil, the story of photographer Cecil Beaton. Screening in conjunction with the exhibition Magnificent Mona Bismarck: Kentucky Style Icon on view at the Frazier History Museum through July 29,  the exhibition features over 40 photographs of Louisville native Bismarck captured by Beaton. Guests will marvel at Mona's 5 decades of fashion on glorious display, through 50 manequins, priceless photographs, paintings, letters, and so much more!  

Love, Cecil is Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

All showings are presented at the Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum

Friday, July 13, 7pm-Director In Person--Meet the director and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with ticket purchase in the Speed Cinema lobby between 6-7pm

Saturday, July 14, 3pm and 7pm

Sunday, July 15, 3pm

$9 General Admission / $7 Speed and Frazier History Museum members

Cecil Beaton is best known for his production design for Oscar-winning films Gigi and My Fair Lady (especially the white and black Edwardian costumes for the unforgettable Ascot race), but his talents went far beyond that.

Beaton was frustrated by his wide-ranging interests and abilities-as a photographer, theatre and film designer as well as a gifted diarist-and wondered whether he would have done better to concentrate on just one field. It is clear in Lisa Immordino Vreeland's film that our culture would have been far less fortunate if he had.

Using previously unseen footage and stills, and with excerpts from his diaries wittily narrated by Rupert Everett, you get a sense of Beaton as the furthest from "just an ordinary, anonymous person," his lifelong fear. His world is one of utter fascination-from his work for Vogue as a photographer in World War II, to his relationship with the Royal Family and his alleged affair with Greta Garbo (her picture was discovered in his bedroom among those of two of his male lovers). 2017, U.S., DCP, 98 minutes. Recommended for 13+.


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Earlier Event: July 8
Meet the Curator: Scott Rogers
Later Event: July 14
Second Saturday – What to Wear?