Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

Rated PG 90 minutes 2011

A breezy, uncritical portrait of the hairdresser who helped define the look of Swinging London. Director Craig Teper surveys the high points of Sassoon's life, sandwiching them between laudatory reminiscences from colleagues (including Michael Gordon, producer of the movie and author of a cross-promoted book on the subject). An impoverished Sephardic Jew in Britain, Sassoon served in the Palmach, Israel's elite military strike force, in 1948, then returned home for a series of apprenticeships at London hair salons. These led to his first big innovation: the "five-point" haircut, an easy-care, geometric bob inspired by Modernist architecture and popularized by designer Mary Quant. This is extolled as having liberated 20th-century women—from curlers, maybe, but let's not forget the pill. (90 min.)

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Director: Craig Teper

Writer: Craig Teper

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