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  • An out-of-focus Yves Saint-Laurent in the foreground; Pierre Bergé looms in the background.

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Wednesday, October 2 – Tuesday, October 15

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DIRECTED BY OLIVIER MEYROU

A fascinating, long-suppressed documentary on the legendary Yves Saint Laurent, commissioned by his business partner (and former lover) Pierre Bergé – and then shelved for more than a decade when Bergé decided it was too revealing. Filming as the proverbial fly-on-the-wall over three years, as YSL became increasingly frail and incommunicado, Meyrou captures the last of the great haute couture houses. Seamstresses, cutters (“les petites mains”) and models work frantically to finesse the tiniest adjustments (“the hair of a frog”), as the principals undergo nothing less than existential crises (YSL: poignant and morose; Bergé: acerbic and overbearing). An intimate evocation of the complex relationship between two of fashion’s most brilliantly creative and profoundly idiosyncratic men.

FRANCE    2018    74 MINS.    IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES    KIMSTIM

Reviews

“A priceless addition to our understanding of how Yves Saint Laurent – the man, the myth, la marque – operated.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“It is, yet again, an Yves Saint Laurent moment… It’s the film Mr. Bergé never wanted anyone to see, and the story of how it finally came to light reveals just how obsessed fashion is with its own mythology, and what is revealed when the curtain is raised. By simply hanging back, Mr. Meyrou… allows Mr. Bergé to exceed his reputation as a choleric supreme commander whose highest opinion is of himself… The jealousy and frustration of the puppet master is laid bare for all to see. What this film most reveals is the price he and Mr. Saint Laurent paid along the way - which is exactly what both tried to hide. In the end, Mr. Meyrou takes no pity on the titanic executive.” 
– Christopher Petkanas, The New York Times

“The original version of Meyrou’s controversial documentary, a delicious and provocative insight into the complex relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and his business partner, Pierre Bergé. Director Meyrou shot his fascinating and highly cinematic film in situ for three years, during a time when the company was undergoing a process of existential angst.”
– Nick Cunningham, IDFA (International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam) Journal