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Amour Fou

L' Amour Fou

Pierre Thoretton

  • Country: France
  • Year: 2009
  • Language: French
  • Producer: Kristina Larsen, Hugues Charbonneau
  • Executive Producer: Kristina Larsen
  • Screenplay: Pierre Thoretton, Eve Guillou
  • Runtime: 100
  • Programmes:

Yves Saint Laurent built one of fashion's most celebrated empires. This moving documentary chronicles his rise, his lifelong partnership with Pierre Bergé and their decision to auction off a lifetime of precious art and objects.

DocumentaryArtsArchitecture & DesignQueer InterestBiographyFrance

screening times

    • Saturday September 11
    • 6:30:00 PM
    • Friday September 17
    • 5:00:00 PM
    • VARSITY 8
    • Sunday September 19
    • 12:30:00 PM

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

Yves Saint Laurent is heralded as one of the greatest fashion designers of the twentieth century. Together with his once-lover and longtime business partner, Pierre Bergé, the Yves Saint Laurent Couture House broke boundaries that shook the world of fashion, forever changing the way women dressed. Along the way, they collected a one-of-a- kind art collection that could rival the holdings of any gallery.

Bergé and Saint Laurent met in 1958 after Saint Laurent had left the House of Dior, in a much publicized scandal. Over the next forty years, until Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, he and Bergé amassed a collection of objets d’art that spanned the centuries. Featuring paintings by Picasso, ancient Egyptian statues, eighteenth-century bronze Chinese zodiac sculptures and Henri Matisse’s famous painting Cuckoos on a blue and pink carpet, their collection was, as Cocteau put it, their self-portrait. From their first pieces in the early days of Rive Gauche, their groundbreaking prêt-a-porter line, to the height of their fashion empire, the collection becomes a reflection of the incredible love and partnership between these two great men.

Not only did the Yves Saint Laurent Couture House change fashion, the great couturier was the first to use black, Asian and Pacific Islander models in his runway shows in an era when racial diversity was not part of the concept of haute couture.

Upon Saint Laurent’s death, Bergé decided to sell the collection that they had spent their lives amassing. Known as “The Auction of the Century,” this multi-million dollar sale heralded the end of an era.

With echoes of Lagerfeld Confidential, Valentino: The Last Emperor and The September Issue, L’Amour Fou is a grand tribute to an empire of decadence and beauty. This gorgeously lush biopic of one of the greatest names in fashion will stay with you, and linger in your mind. As Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal,” and this gorgeously stylish film will not soon fade from memory.

Michèle Maheux

director bio

Pierre Thoretton was born in Noyon in Oise, France. As an artist, he held solo exhibitions at l’École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Cergy- Pontoise, Galerie Michel Rein, Tours, and the shows “Solo #9” at the Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany, “Inside/Out” at Galerie Pièce Unique in Paris and “Portrait de Famille” at La Box in Bourges. He has published the work Cantata Blueia, Libro d’ore, co-written with Pier Paolo Calzolari and Bruno Cora. L’Amour Fou (10) is his first feature film.

full credits

Kristina Larsen, Hugues Charbonneau
Executive Producer:
Kristina Larsen
Léo Hinstin
Dominique Auvray
Thomas Boujut
Production Designer:
Olivier Guerbois
International Sales Agent:
 Films Distribution
Production Company:
Les Films du Lendemain
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