The gowns, the glamour, the nails and the youth of Miss Ross are unparalleled. She was beyond fabulous and at the height of her artistic zenith. The montage is especially pleasing and one can only fantasize about being in Rome in the mid 70's while swathed in those fantastic creations and Fendi and Maximillian furs (read the credits).
Substantively, the film is not to be taken seriously....but I agree with one reviewer's assessment back then who said that it is "testament to how glorious it is to be Diana Ross." I wholeheartedly agree.
The love story between Ross and Billy Dee Williams did not seem very warm, but maybe that's how the characters were. I didn't really believe that the two of them were really in love. It just seemed like Williams yelled at Ross for her beliefs (mainly because he was a political figure in the film) and told her what to do all the time. Other than that aspect, I thought the movie was really good.
Anthony Perkins played the role of the famous photographer who turns Ross' character from a regular struggling young woman into "Mahogany" the fashion icon. His mental breakdown towards the end of the film, and his ultimate demise, is disturbing.
Overall, I would highly recommend this film!