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VIDAL SASSOON: THE MOVIE
USA: Phase 4 Films
UK: Verve Pictures
Cast: Vidal Sassoon, Michael Gordon
Caroline Baker, Richard Blass, Christopher Brooker, Liza Bruce, Richard Buckley, Caroline Cox, Joseph Ettedugui, Joshua Galvin, Tim Hartley, Mark Hayes, Kelly Hoppen, Annie Humphreys, Fumio Kawashima, Elaine Nations, Aitch Peters, Kathy Philips, Mary Quant, Tony Rizzo, John Santilli, Ronnie Sassoon, Anne-Marie Solowij, Etienne Tanaka, Paul Windle, Richard Young
Charles Booth, Grace Coddington, Guido, Christian Hutenbaus, Harold Leighton, Christopher Pluck, Elan Sassoon, Richard Stein, Maurice Tidy
Tony Beckerman, Elgin Charles, William Claxton, Angus Mitchell, Peggy Moffitt, Stephen Moody, Fernando Romero, Ronnie Sassoon, Beverly Sassoon, Eden Sassoon, Laurance Taylor
Director: Craig Teper
USA & UK: 90 mins
USA Rated: PG for some thematic elements, language and smoking
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language, sex references and images of wartime casualties
USA Release Date: 11 February 2011
UK Release Date: 20 May 2011
"How one man changed the world with a pair of scissors."
A feature documentary spanning 80 years of revolution in culture, as told through the life of one extraordinary man, VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE is the revealing and inspirational story of how one man changed the world with a pair of scissors.
A true rags to riches tale, the film traces Sassoon’s path from a London orphanage to international success and celebrity. It follows Michael Gordon, founder of the haircare company Bumble and Bumble, as he sets out to document Vidal's life in a richly visual book. Sassoon's story comes alive as the design of the book unfolds.
Living through war and poverty, the seeds of his future are spawned as young Vidal becomes driven to rise above the circumstances of his birth. Spurred by his mother’s dream that her son would find success as a hairdresser, Sassoon apprentices in a local salon. “I made up mind, if I was going to be in hairdressing, I wanted to change things.” Through tireless hard work and commitment, he struggles to modernize the old-fashioned world of hair; with modern architecture as his inspiration, Sassoon focuses on geometric shapes and angles that literally changes the way women look, and ushers in the social revolutions of the 60’s. Salons, schools and products follow all over the world, and his tag line, “if you don’t look good we don’t look good” becomes a defining cultural touchstone.
With an added emphasis on his inspirational drive, VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE shows Sassoon to be not only one of the great innovators of our time, but a cultural life force as relevant today as ever.