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Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Michael Roberts

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About the Movie

MANOLO is the charming portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik and how his extraordinary dedication to his craft led him to become the world’s most famous luxury shoemaker, revered by celebrities, stylists, and industry icons for generations. Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island, Manolo made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in his family’s garden. After opening his first store in London in 1973 and coming of age in fashion capitals such as Paris and New York, Manolo now has shops and department store concessions in over 20 countries and retains full control of the business, still creating every shoe, even hand-carving the wooden forms himself. Director and longtime fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this never-before-seen peek into Mr. Blahnik’s world, featuring a ‘who’s who’ of the fashion and entertainment industries including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, Isaac Mizrahi, and André Leon Talley.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: TIt rushes through Mr. Blahnik's biography, dwelling on pop-culture moments and blandly ecstatic celebrity testimonials. – Jon Caramanica, New York Times, Sep 14, 2017

Fresh: You may not be able to afford the shoes, but Michael Roberts' documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards may bring you almost as much delight. – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine, Oct 5, 2017

Fresh: As frustrating as The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards can be ... it makes quite clear that the man behind a revered international brand is an artist first and foremost. For his ardent admirers, that will probably be a perfect fit. – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 15, 2017

Fresh: Manolo might be a hard sell to moviegoers who aren't already interested, but for fashion enthusiasts, it's an enjoyable confection. – Abbey Bender, Village Voice, Sep 13, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Pretty disapointing even with low expectations.

Being a fan of documentaries I have gotten to the point, especially when it comes to those dealing with the fashion world, of coming in with very low expectations. As a fan of the good, the bad and the relatively ugly in film, I still tend to enjoy them if only because they are pretty and have entertaining talking heads. Someties you end up pleasantly surprised by coming out of the experience more informed than when you went in. Sadly, almost none of this is the case with the Manolo Blahnik documentary. I gave it two stars simply because the titular character is entertaining and cannot be blamed for the poor direction. If anything, this film whets your appetite to know more and then really slams you into a wall of nothingness. You get no real sense of how his actual career got started other than some truly unnecessary and bazaar reenactments (don't get me started on the 'Africa reenactment' which polevaulted past bazaar and into truly uncomfortable and tone deaf). You get about five minutes at the end of the movie touching on his process and the actual making of the shoes, and then pffft, it's over. Even the setup and framing of the talking heads was strange and distracting. All in all, I hate to say it but this film was a real waste of time.

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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