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20-09-2010
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Pierre Bergé Pays Tribute to Yves Saint Laurent in L'Amour Fou
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Because the world can't get enough of Yves Saint Laurent, an entertaining documentary by Pierre Thoretton has just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. L'Amour Fou recounts the love story between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, a glamourous tale of infatuation (and sometimes torment) beginning in 1958 and culminating in a French civil partnership shortly before the designer's passing in 2008.

Surprisingly, or perhaps not, Bergé is essentially the only person interviewed (by Thomas Doustaly, the former editor of the Bergé-owned, gay French magazine Têtu). As a result, the film is a highly romanticized and sanitized account of their life together. The philandering intrigues suggested in The Beautiful Fall, Alicia Drake's infamous book, are all but avoided. Still, Bergé mentions a night in 1976 when Saint Laurent arrived at their Paris home, only to go back out with a group of guys awaiting him outside. This led to Bergé leaving their luxurious apartment and spending a month in a suite at the Plaza Athénée.

Saint Laurent's bouts with depression, alcohol and drugs are also touched upon, mostly by Betty Catroux, his companion and confidante. But the designer's humorous side is also revealed. In one interview, he was asked what his idea of happiness is. "A crowded bed," he replied. How would you like to die? "In my bed, crowded," he said with his puckish grin.

L'Amour Fou is punctuated throughout with scenes of the couple's astounding art collection being removed from their home last year and the hysteria it caused at auction. These images accurately convey what the documentary is really about: a bereft man looking back at an extraordinary life. In French cinemas September 22.
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^ That sounds interesting but I can't see the video MissBlueJean.

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^ Seeing the images of his shows in this video still gives me goosebumps. There will never be anything like them ever again.

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I saw the movie yesterday, in a little cinéma, in the countryside ...

I didn't read or hear anything about the movie, before I entered the room.
The film starts with Yves during a press conference where he annouces he quits fashion.
* i cried
Then, there is Pierre Bergé saying "Good Bye" to Yves to the funeral of this last.
* i cried
** yes, i had cried twice in 10 min.

Anyway, the movie is full of archives (photos, vidéos etc. I have never seen bfore), so for this it is great.
and ...

i wanted to tell more about the + or the - ....
but actually, this is a great documentary !!!
and whatever i think of Pierre is pretty much obsolete there. Their love affair is a great love story on the screen. the one that can make a book (that is where probably, i find this love story pretty romancée).
it is true that it is a little much oriented on Pierre Bergé (for instance, this part of the politics, François Mitterand ...) but it at least it gives an insight of Pierre. A pretty mysterious character to me.

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I saw the movie last night at the rome film festival. SO beautiful. I cried aswell, especially at the beginnin, in the exact moments that belinrocks mentioned. Other than deeply 'sentimental' it's also full of rare archive footage, and it's actually very interesting to hear pierre's point of view on yves and their life together. I can't wait to own this in dvd.
The way they show how pierre put everything on sale is perfectly put, in a symbolic point of view.
And i'd never seen their house in normandy. one of the most beautiful places i've ever seen.

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YSL deserves a biopic with actors, his life is sooo interesting!

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excuse me, anyone have infomation about the collection inspired by the traditional costume of Vietnam - Ao Dai? I read that he did all the pieces in black, but haven't seen any pictures.

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^ Thank you- I love that picture!!

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this issue has all the YSL collection ...
Is there anywhere else I can look at runway photos? I too have a vintage "Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche" piece that I would love to know the year of. I was thinking 93, but I don't see it in the link above. Maybe those sets aren't 100% complete?

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I finally saw L'Amour Fou! It was released recently here in New York. Beautiful, striking documentary. It doesn't really focus on YSL's fashion and designs but more on his relationship with Pierre Bergé, how he started his couture house, his inner demons and drug abuse due to a depressive nature and the pressure of the fashion industry (which sadly made me think of Galliano and McQueen), his art collection and lavish houses (so beautiful, I want to move in there!).
Highlights of the movie: the press conference when YSL announces he quits fashion, the images of his funeral and the poignant speech by Pierre Bergé, a young YSL's interview when he keeps on giggling ("I want to die in a big, crowded bed"), seeing his art collection being dismantled and auctioned away for tens of millions per item...

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Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective

From his early days at Dior in 1958 to stunning evening gowns from 2002: the Denver Art Museum in Colorado from March 25 to July 8, 2012 shows around 200 haute couture gowns of the world-renowned fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The retrospective is complemented by numerous photographs, drawings and films in which the artistic development of the designer and the art-historical references of his work are examined in more detail



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