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ENCOUNTERS

VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE

Directed by Craig Teper
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 90 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE

Vidal Sassoon is more than just a hairdresser—he's a rock star, an artist, a craftsman who "changed the world with a pair of scissors." With the geometric, Bauhaus-inspired hairdos he pioneered in the 1960s and his "wash and wear" philosophy that liberated generations of women from the tyranny of the salon, Sassoon revolutionized the art of hairstyling and left an indelible mark on popular culture. This fun, fast-paced documentary traces with visual gusto the life of a self-made man whose passion and perseverance took him from a Jewish orphanage in London to the absolute pinnacle of his craft.

First-time director Craig Teper's reaction to Sassoon's rag-to-riches tale is obviously a euphoric one, resulting in a stylish film that makes appropriate use of Sassoon's wide-ranging influences: Images of hairstyles glide at us, sculpted around animated rulers, protractors, and compasses, folded in with photos of the mod midcentury architecture of Mies van der Rohe and Frank Llyod Wright. Teper swerves from black and white to color, vintage footage to modern-day conversations with family and colleagues and, of course, plenty of heartfelt reminiscences with the charismatic, 81-year-old master himself.

Documentary
About the Director(s)
Craig Teper produced dozens of short videos in high school, which lead him to study filmmaking at New York's School of Visual Arts. He has held nearly every possible crew position on features, commercials, and other productions (with the ironic exception of hairdresser). Vidal Sassoon The Movie is his first feature.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Encounters
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    90 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Art Director:
    Steve Hiett
  • Screenwriter:
    Craig Teper
  • Director of Photography:
    Saul Gittens
  • Primary Cast:
    Vidal Sassoon, Michael Gordon, Mary Quant, Ronnie Sassoon
  • Director:
    Craig Teper
  • Executive Producer:
    Jim Czarnecki
  • Add'l Credit 2:
    Yorgo Alexopoulos
  • Producer:
    Michael Gordon, Jackie Gilbert Bauer

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