Valentino Was Not the Most Cooperative Documentary Subject

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Matt Tyrnauer, director of Valentino: The Last Emperor, which has been shortlisted for an Oscar: "The 'star,' on more than one occasion, quit the movie, which was rather inconvenient, as tens of thousands of dollars (of my own money, at that point) were being spent on every shoot. Even in the final cut, you can twice see Valentino furiously declaring his departure from the project. For a brief time, I thought I would have to make the movie a là Marlene, without a lot of screen time with Valentino. I even spoke to animators about creating a cartoon Valentino. Mercifully, whenever he quit, Valentino re-hired himself the next morning." [Daily Beast]