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Love, Cecil

Wednesday January 31 | 6:00pm
Rosecliff Ballroom

Rules & Guidelines

cocktails & hors d'oeuvres served

In Partnership with The Preservation Society of Newport County

6:00 PM
Pre-film Reception in the Salon with a pop-up Cecil Beaton photo exhibit curated by the Newport Restoration Foundation.

Beer + wine provided by Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet
Small bites by Blackstone Caterers
Live music by Julio Amaro

7:00 PM
Film in the Ballroom, followed by conversation with director Lisa Immordino Vreeland


A loving yet clear-eyed look at Cecil Beaton, the twentieth-century polymath: famed photographer, author of 38 books, Oscar and Tony-winning designer of GIGI and MY FAIR LADY, painter, dandy, and lover of both men and the divine Greta Garbo. His incredible work ethic and talent for self-promotion (combined with an equally strong penchant for play) brought him from upper-middle-class suburbia to hobnobbing with royals, working with Diaghilev, and hanging out with David Hockney and Mick Jagger. Even his enemies—George Cukor, Katherine Hepburn, Evelyn Waugh—were classy. Vreeland weaves together vintage footage of Beaton and new interviews with, among others, David Bailey, Penelope Tree, and Isaac Mizrahi. 


Oscar®-winning set and costume designer, photographer, writer and painter Cecil Beaton was not only a dazzling chronicler, but an arbiter of his time. From the Bright Young Things to the front lines of war to the international belle monde and the pages of Vogue and then onto the Queen's official photographer - Beaton embodied the cultural and political changes of the twentieth century. In this tender portrait, director Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Diane Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict) blends archival footage and photographs with voice over of Beaton's famed diaries to capture his legacy as a complex and unique creative force. Dynamic and lyrical, LOVE, CECIL is an examination of Beaton's singular sense of the visual, which dictated a style that set standards of creativity that continue to resonate and inspire today.

99 minutes
Director(s): Lisa Immordino Vreeland