When Eileen Ford died this week, I sent a condolence email to one of her closest friends, the legendary model Carmen Dell'Orefice. Carmen wrote back with her thoughts on Eileen and I persuaded her to allow me to post her words here.
So far this year, HBO has screened two films of social significance which deserve the public's attention. One will, of course, be an easier sell to audiences because of its high quotient of celebrity content. The other begs to tell a far more riveting story.
Of the films I saw on Monday, the two I liked the best were About Face, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' documentary about supermodels of yesteryear, and Save the Date, a bittersweet tale of young adult romance.
Director Anne Bass's Dancing Across Borders is a wonderful and moving documentary about the young Cambodian dancer Sokvannaara Sar. After Bass discovered Sar performing with a small troupe in Angkor Wat, she arranged for him to come to New York and audition for the School of American Ballet.