About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now is a new Sundance documentary that attempts to talk about the fashion through the eras. There are elements to this film that I want to love, but unfortunately it’s really more of a fluff piece featuring interviews with too many different models at once and no real in depth perspectives or new takes on the modeling industry. The models have low self-esteem, eating problems and different takes on Botox. It doesn’t take 80 minutes to realize this. So what was it trying to do…

The Players:

  • Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
  • Producers: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Chad Thompson
  • Models: Christie Brinkley, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Jerry Hall, Beverly Johnson, Paulina Porizkova, Isabella Rossellini, Christy Turlington

Sundance Synopsis:

About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now is a step back in time to a glamorous, yet complicated, era when drugs were rampant and women were routinely harassed and mistreated. The divergent attitudes among the women about everything from the business of modeling, to aging and plastic surgery, are fascinating and priceless. This insightful documentary celebrates the raw intelligence and staying power of these timeless icons

The Good:

  • The Models: They managed to get a great group of models from throughout the eras who all represented a change in time and how fashion effected women, civil rights, drugs, politics, medicine and issues around the world. It would have been nice to ask them more about these issues because they all seemed to have a lot more to say about it then was seen on screen… And botox is just not that interesting.

The Bad:

  • No Exploration: There are a few near reveals that capture your attention, but then they never explore the ideas brought up. The psychology behind some of the events that happened to these women are fascinating, it’s a shame not to look a bit deeper at them and really find out the effects of what living in the world of fashion does to a person.
  • Locations: The footage was basically just interviews with the models in one location, with a couple of photos of their previous work. There was no new footage of them working, nor anything from their lives now that would gives us any further insights to where they are now. This was simply one long interview with a handful of different voices.
  • Nothing New: Let’s break down the films reveals and see what we found out… Models in the 70′s did cocaine… a lot of cocaine. Models still do, have done and will do drugs. Models don’t eat. Models don’t ever feel pretty. Models are bitchy to other models. Models lie about being older to model when they’re too young and lie about their age later when they’re too old. Anything new here? Nope.

Rating: 4/10