Always at the Carlyle

Directed by Matthew Miele, this shallow documentary about Manhattan’s famed Carlyle Hotel fattens an ever-growing genre I call the Cinema of the 1 Percent—documentaries about chefs, sommeliers, jewelers, etc—that art house theaters program for their wealthier patrons. Opened in 1930, the Carlyle is known for its art deco elegance and the fanatical discretion of its staff, who are shown over and over again refusing to dish about their rich, famous, and in some cases royal guests. Among the celebs sitting for interviews are George Clooney, Naomi Campbell, Condoleeza Rice, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Lenny Kravitz, Alan Cumming, Vera Wang, Jeff Goldblum, and the tone-deaf Fran Lebowitz, who is really annoyed that her favorite museums are always full of people from Kansas. Miele is the previous director of Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (2013) and Crazy About Tiffany’s (2016); I must remember not to see them.