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Style illustrated by Anne-Katrin Titze

James Crump on Antonio Lopez: "Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Chris von Wangenheim, you know, Avedon, Penn - he's working at the same level, yet he is an illustrator." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Another highlight of this year's Doc NYC is James Crump's Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco screening in the Metropolis competition. The film on the famed fashion illustrator features Jessica Lange, Grace Jones, Jerry Hall, Bill Cunningham, Yves Saint Laurent, Donna Jordan, Pat Cleveland, Jane Forth, Corey Tippin, Grace Coddington, Patti D’Arbanville, Karl Lagerfeld, Joan Juliet Buck, Bob Colacello, Paul Caranicas, Juan Ramos, Tina and Michael Chow with film clips including Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Pierre Thoretton's L'Amour Fou, and Andy Warhol's L'Amour.

Antonio Lopez: "He was embracing this idea of diversity and inclusivity in the mid-Sixties when today people are taking credit for the diversity of the runway."

James Crump (director
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How 'Yves Saint Laurent' Reveals the Problem With Biopics of Artists

How 'Yves Saint Laurent' Reveals the Problem With Biopics of Artists
Yves Saint Laurent, the fashion maven whose career stretched across nearly half a century, certainly lived an interesting life. You don't need to look much further than the movies for proof of his appeal: Pierre Thoretton's 2010 "L'Amour Fou" explored the ups and downs of his career, while Jalil Lespert's biopic "Yves Saint Laurent" opens Wednesday in New York. Then there's "Saint Laurent," another take on the Dior designer from French director Bertrand Bonello, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year and opens in the fall. It shouldn't come as a surprise that so many people are interested in this character's fascinating accomplishments. But while fashion films are often beautiful subjects, when it comes to biopics of designers, they often fall short. The Basic Biopic TrapI find that most "lives of the artists" films — whether they're narrative features or documentaries — often provide the same amount of insight into the life of.
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The best albums of 2013: how our writers voted

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How did we come up with our chart? By tallying the votes of our pop writers – and here's what they plumped for

Tim Jonze


John Wizards – John Wizards

Disclosure – Settle

Paramore – Paramore

Hebronix – Unreal

Kanye West – Yeezus

Christopher Owens – Lysandre

Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

British Sea PowerFrom The Sea To The Land Beyond


Julia Holter – Hello Stranger

Miguel and Mariah Carey – #Beautiful

Drake – Hold On, We're Going Home

Sky Ferreira – You're Not the One

Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie

Jeffrey Lewis – Wwprd

Paramore – Still Into You

Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise

The 1975 – Chocolate

Stylo G – Soundbwoy

Tom Hughes


15-60-75 The Numbers Band – Jimmy Bell's Still in Town

Meat Wave – Meat Wave

The Drones – I See Seaweed 4

White Fence – Live in San Francisco

Ooga Boogas – Ooga Boogas

Superchunk – I Hate Music

Bits of
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Popcorn Preview: Kid With a Bike

Film: The Kid with a Bike (2011) Cast includes: Thomas Doret, Cecile De France (Hereafter), Jeremie Renier (l'enfant) Writer/Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne (Rosetta, The Child) Genre: Drama (87 minutes) French with subtitles "This number is no longer in service." Eleven-year-old Cyril knows it's a mistake. He dials it again and again. "Your dad has moved out," the caretaker insists, but Cyril is determined to find his dad. He'll run away from the home again and again, if that's what it takes to find his dad. When the people at his old apartment tell Cyril that his dad moved out, Cyril insists that can't be true. "My bike's there, too." But the apartment is absolutely empty. Samantha is a perfect stranger that Cyril grabs on to when they come to take him back to the home. She hears Cyril's pleas and has an idea about finding the bike. The next day,
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DVD Review - L'amour fou (2010)

L'amour fou, 2010.

Directed by Pierre Thoretton.

Starring Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Betty Catroux, Loulou De La Falaise and Jack Lang.


A documentary on the life and work of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Just like any creative industry, the world of fashion has it's major innovators. Some saw a gap in the market and looked to represent it in the most glamorous way possible. Others pressed on to find the next edge for their line of new clothes. Yves Saint-Laurent was a French fashion designer whose work from the sixties to the eighties was highly regarded. Following his death in 2008, his lover, Pierre Bergé decided it was best to sell off Yves's entire art collection to fun AIDS research.

The documentary behind this fashion icon, L'amour Fou, explores the man's life from his early days in French Algeria to the height of his career. Pierre Bergé provides the
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DVD Giveaway - L'amour fou

Pierre Thoretton's documentary L'amour fou arrives on DVD on Monday, 14th November and provides an unprecedented look at the life of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, whose personal life matched his public for elegance, extravagance and passion. Framed around the 2009 auction of his priceless, elaborate art collection, the film sees Pierre Bergé, the man with which Ysl shared four decades of his life and love, reflecting on the equally extravagant history of their personal relationship.

To celebrate the release, Flickering Myth have three copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of Studiocanal - read on for a synopsis, trailer and details of how to enter this competition...

1958: Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge meet for the first time. Each has found their partner for life. For the first time on film, Pierre Berge tells the story of their love – 50 intense and dramatic years, full
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Film Review: 'L'Amour Fou'

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★★★★☆ Only after watching Pierrre Thoretton's directorial debut L'Amour Fou (2010) do you begin to realise the influence that couturier Yves-Saint Laurent had, not only on the world of fashion, but also on everyday culture. Charting the decision by Ysl's business and personal partner Pierre Bergé to sell their collection of art and personal belongings upon the designer's death in 2008, this beautiful, yet overridingly sad documentary, is a testament to a flawed genius who - despite reaching the pinnacle of his profession - appears never to have found true happiness.

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This week's new films

Weekend (18)

(Andrew Haigh, 2011, UK) Tom Cullen, Chris New. 97 mins

You could easily label this a gay Before Sunrise or suchlike, with its 48-hour, boy-meets-boy premise, but it deserves to be judged on its own merits. There's a beautiful naturalism to the way these two Londoners progress from random one-night stand to something deeper, through sex, drugs and revealing conversation. Despite the narrow focus, it speaks volumes about love, art and gay identity.

Tower Heist (12A)

(Brett Ratner, 2011, Us) Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda. 104 mins

With Murphy's coaching, an all-star cast storms the high-rise fortress of Ponzi tyrant Alda in what could have been a great comedy for our times, but ends up just a mildly enjoyable one.

In Time (12A)

(Andrew Niccol, 2011, Us) Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy. 109 mins

Stylish, if logic-stretching, adventure set in a future where time is money and nobody looks older than 25.

The Future (12A)

(Miranda July,
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L'Amour Fou' - A Shared Quest For Love And Beauty (Review)

L'Amour Fou' - A Shared Quest For Love And Beauty (Review)
Pierre Thoretton's L'Amour Fou tells the story of the 50-year love affair between Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge.

The framework is provided by Berge’s journey between each of the pair's opulent homes - from Paris to Normandy to the Moroccan retreat where Ysl's ashes were scattered - ahead of a record-breaking Sotheby's auction where many of the couple's possessions - including revered works of art by Mondrian, Goya and other masters - were sold off to eager collectors.

The camera lingers over each of these homes, as though Berge is trying to commit it all to memory. But, as he reveals, selling off a lifetime of possessions is one thing. Saying goodbye to a partner, closing his eyes for the final time and wishing him farewell, is another thing entirely.

Through Berge's own eyes, we see Yves in changing incarnation - from the shy man
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New Release: L’Amour Fou DVD

Release Date: Sept. 27, 2011

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: IFC

Yves Saint Laurent does what he does so well in a vintage still from L'Amour Fou.

First-time director Pierre Thoretton crafts a tribute to legendary fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent in the 2010 documentary L’Amour Fou. The film examines Laurent’s relationship with his friend, business partner and years-long companion Pierre Bergé.

Upon Yves Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, Bergé decided to sell their private art collection, a sale considered to be “the auction of the century.” Each object and art piece — many of which are examined in this movie — seems to tell a story about their personal lives.

Filled with rare material archives and exclusive images of Laurent and Bergé’s homes, L’Amour Fou (a French expression that roughly translates into “crazy love” in English) played film festivals around the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The documentary
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Weekly indieWIRE Clicks: The Best News, Reviews & Features

Weekly indieWIRE Clicks: The Best News, Reviews & Features
This week on indieWIRE Cannes 2011 came to a close, Lars von Trier spoke about his recent scandal, Scott Erickson attempted to revive Grand Rapids, Michigan and much more. Reviews This week's Small Screens column was doc heavy. Among those not to miss: "A Small Act," Jennifer Arnold's moving account of a Kenya-born boy and her Swedish sponsor, the Yves Saint Laurent love letter, "L'Amour Fou," and the Martin Scorsese ...
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Morning Meme: Preview NBC's "Smash," Alexander Skarsgård Smolders In "Straw Dogs," and Will Young Is Adorable

Vulture has an exclusive clip from L'amour Fou, the new documentary that opened this weekend in New York about Yves Saint Laurent, and it features heavily his long time romantic relationship with his business partner Pierre Bergé.

As long as we’re in the fashion world, Karl Lagerfeld has directed The Tale of a Fairy, starring all sorts of beautiful people. Amusingly, more than one site has said it’s also known as him saying to Tom Ford “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.”

This seems almost anticlimactic after seeing Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts come out, but Charles Barkley is an ambassador of the sport, and he says “If somebody is gay, that’s their own business. But it bothers me how people try to say that jocks are not going to like a gay … I think gay people should be allowed to get married and God bless them,
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New to Theatres This Weekend: Priest, Bridesmaids, Everything Must Go

This weekend at the box office it's a battle between the first big comedy of the summer and the second comic book movie of the summer. Will Bridesmaids be able to attract both men and women? Will Priest be any better than Legion? It seems unlikely that either film will bring down Thor, but hey, you never know. In select theatres, look for the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go, Sundance hit Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman, and the underground dancing drama Go For It!. What will you be checking out this weekend? Priest [1] Bridesmaids [2] Everything Must Go [3] (limited) Hesher [4] (limited) Go For It! [5] (limited) Skateland [6] (limited) Cameraman: The Work and Life of Jack Cardiff [7] (limited) The First Grader [8] (limited) How to Live Forever [9] (limited) L'amour fou [10] (limited) City of Life and Death [11] [1] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0822847/ [2] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1478338/ [3] http://www.imdb.
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Tribeca Film Festival 2011

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Updated through 4/30.

"At first it was about neighborhood," begins Eric Hynes in the Voice. "Then it was about stars, parties, and supersizing. But finally, for its 10th incarnation, the Tribeca Film Festival (April 20-May 1) seems to be about movies. Gone are the superfluous, attention-sucking Hollywood premieres (Tom Cruise on a Jet Ski, anyone?), and few are the big-name, low-quality vanity projects. Several years into a vital slimming of the slate — the fest topped out at 176 films in 2005; this year, it's a manageable 93 — Tff remains New York's largest film survey."

To celebrate Tribeca's 10th, we're running a retrospective of some of the best films the festival's shown over the past decade here at Mubi. Happy viewing.

"A notoriously uneven assemblage of titles, Tribeca aspires toward something like a mini Toronto, but despite, in recent years, bringing such important films as Jia Zhangke's Still Life and Mohammad Rasoulof's The White Meadows
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Beyond the Black Rainbow: Death by Celluloid

When you start viewing the selections of a film festival, the initial few will definitely color your expectations for the rest. What were the curators thinking? you might just ponder,

Happily, the first offering of this year's Tribeca Film Festival that I screened was Pierre Thoretton's superb documentary on the designer Yves Saint Laurent, L'Amour Fou, a true must-see if you adore fashion, interior design, the Sixties and Seventies, travel, and an exploration of depressed genius with guest appearances by Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger.

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"Of Gods and Men" Leads Cesar Awards Nominations!

Xavier Beauvois' "Of Gods and Men" dominated the nominations of the 36th Annual Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. "Of Gods" received 11 nominations total and will compete against Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), Mammuth, Le Nom Des Gens, The Ghost Writer, and On Tour for Best Film.

The Social Network, Invictus, Inception, Illegal, The Secret In Their Eyes, Bright Star, and Les Amours Imaginaires will duke it out for the Best Foreign Film category.

Jodie Foster will preside over the ceremony and Quentin Tarantino will be given an honorary Cesar award. The 36th Annual Cesar Awards will be held on Feb. 25th.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Film

Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), dir: Pascal Chaumeil

Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes Et Des Dieu), dir: Xavier Beauvois

Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), dir: Joann Sfar

Mammuth, dir: Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern

Le Nom Des Gens, dir: Michel Leclerc

The Ghost Writer,
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Yves Saint Laurent Gets U.S. Pickup by IFC Films

A French documentary about late fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent is getting its U.S. distribution through IFC Films, the company announced Tuesday. IFC will release "Yves Saint Laurent L'Amour Fou" next year. The film tells the story of "love, art and ethics" through an auction of Laurent's private art collection with partner Pierre Bergé. Press release below: IFC Films Gets U.S. Rights To Yves Saint Laurent L’Amour Fou New York, NY (November 23, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company is acquiring the U.S. rights to Pierre
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Tiff Review: Yves Saint Laurent Doc L'amour Fou

Tiff Review: Yves Saint Laurent  Doc L'amour Fou
Meredith Brody reviews the latest doc about Yves Saint Laurent, L'amour Fou: I went to see L’amour fou, a documentary about Yves Saint Laurent, because, well, I see all documentaries about Yves Saint Laurent – both Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times, from 2002, and Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau (also 2002) seemed to be running in perpetuity on cable, and I now see they’re packaged together on DVD. This documentary could be subtitled Pierre Bergé Gets the Last Word, as Saint Laurent’s surviving business and romantic partner is the main talking head throughout (muses Betty Catroux and Loulou Falaise do show up briefly, Catroux amusingly, Falaise heartbreakingly. I note that both are in Toronto to appear on the red carpet, but are not ...
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Films Distribution

With three in the Director's Fortnight and one in the Main Comp for good measure, Films Distribution are making a significant contribution to Cannes this year – my money is on Katell Quillevere's Un Poison Violent (see pic above) but Wang Xiaoshuai, Jean-Stéphane Bron's doc on white collar crimes that hinder the working man and an immigrant tale gone wrong portrait from Olivier Masset-Depasse could make this a great year for the distributor. Something to look forward to in the near future: Yann Samuell's next effort. - With three in the Director's Fortnight and one in the Main Comp for good measure, Films Distribution are making a significant contribution to Cannes this year – my money is on Katell Quillevere's Un Poison Violent (see pic above) but Wang Xiaoshuai, Jean-Stéphane Bron's doc on white collar crimes that hinder the working man and an immigrant
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Optimum unveils nine-title slate pickup

Optimum unveils nine-title slate pickup
London -- Studio Canal-owned U.K. distribution label Optimum Releasing is loading up its slate for this year and beyond, picking up release duties to nine titles including Terrence Malick's untitled movie due to shoot later this year in Oklahoma.

Written by Malick, the romantic drama boasts a cast including Christian Bale, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko.

Also on the slate is Luc Besson's fantasy action adventure "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec," starring Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, and Jean-Paul Rouve. Set in early 20th Century Paris, the movie tells the story of a popular novelist/detective and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, dinosaurs, and other distractions and is based on cartoonist Jacques Tardi's original stories.

Fight choreographer Yuen Woo Ping's martial arts adventure "True Legend" and Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 3" also highkick their way onto Optimum's release slate.
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