Seraphita's Diary (1980)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Showbiz Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Frederick Wiseman, best known for his documentaries, directed this drama exploring the interior world of a fashion model. It received an Honorable Mention at the Festival Dei Popoli and won the Gold Special Jury Award from the 1983 Houston Film Festival. Famous fashion model Seraphita (Apollonia Van Ravenstein) is unable to deal with the reactions her beauty induces in others, and one day she disappears. The 90-minute film reflects her mental landscape, contrasting fantasies she creates in other people's minds with the strains of her emotional life as revealed through passages from her diaries. In his 1982 London Film Festival notes, Ken Wlaschin described it as "a visual feast with some of the most amazing costumes ever seen on the screen." Shown in 1983 at the Manila Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival.