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Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

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A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint-Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Bergé.

Director:

Jalil Lespert

Writers:

Marie-Pierre Huster (scenario), Jalil Lespert (scenario) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Niney ... Yves Saint Laurent (as Pierre Niney de la Comédie-Française)
Guillaume Gallienne ... Pierre Bergé (as Guillaume Gallienne de la Comédie Française)
Charlotte Le Bon ... Victoire Doutreleau
Laura Smet ... Loulou de la Falaise
Marie de Villepin ... Betty Catroux
Nikolai Kinski ... Karl Lagerfeld
Ruben Alves Ruben Alves ... Fernando Sanchez
Astrid Whettnall ... Yvonne de Peyerimhoff
Marianne Basler ... Lucienne Saint-Laurent
Jean-Édouard Bodziak Jean-Édouard Bodziak ... Bernard Buffet
Adeline D'Hermy Adeline D'Hermy ... Anne-Marie Munoz (as Adeline D'Hermy de la Comédie-Française)
Xavier Lafitte Xavier Lafitte ... Jacques de Bascher
Alexandre Steiger Alexandre Steiger ... Jean-Pierre Debord
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Jean Cocteau
Anne Alvaro Anne Alvaro ... Marie-Louise Bousquet
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A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint-Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Bergé.

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Taglines:

Fashions fade. Style is forever.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Madeline Fontaine recreated the famous Saint Laurent-designed Dior wedding dress by finding a vintage wedding dress at a flea market and rebuilding it. See more »

Goofs

YSL's black leather Beat collection is shown as having been created in 1964 in the film, suggesting YSL was a leader of the Mod look of the mid 1960s, but in fact his Beat collection was done in 1960 and was too youthful for Dior clientele at the time and the main reason YSL was fired from Dior. See more »

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Yves Saint Laurent: I don't fear critics.
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Soundtracks

Yves lit Proust
by Ibrahim Maalouf
© 2013 WY Productions
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An excellent companion piece to L'Amour Fou
21 January 2014 | by thedozinglionSee all my reviews

I have just watched Yves Saint Laurent and found it to be a visually sumptuous film which totally captures the dying days of the elite formal couture houses before bursting into the hedonism of modern global fashion brands. An excellent companion piece to L'Amour Fou (2010), giving an insight into the tempestuous but private relationship between YSL and Pierre Bergé through the pitch perfect acting of Pierre Niney (Yves) and Guillaume Gallienne (Pierre).

The film charts YSL's career from his early years at Dior in the late 1950s through to his iconic Ballet Russes collection of 1976. The world of the late 1950s is perfectly captured with elegant Dior designs, stylish models and a jazz score that matched the chic Parisian apartments the characters inhabit.

In one such apartment Yves meets Pierre Bergé, the man he will spend the rest of his life with both privately and professionally. For Pierre is the man who orchestrates the creation of YSL as a couture house. He gives Yves the confidence to "create on my own terms" and show the world his own particular view of feminine beauty and elegance.

Their relationship mirrors Giancarlo Giammetti and Valentino Garavani who together also created an iconic fashion house and sustained a personal relationship for over 50 years. Their story too is wonderfully and humorously captured in the documentary The Last Emperor (2008). However, one is left with a sense that Giancarlo and Valentino had a much more stable relationship to that of Yves and Pierre. The YSL movie captures during the 1960/70s Yves' erratic excesses with drugs and sex and Pierre's jealousy and need for control.

But this expose of their difficult relationship in no way detracts from the exquisite design throughout the movie. From the elegant, well documented interiors of Yves and Pierre's Parisian apartments, to the bohemian Moroccan lifestyle they enjoyed with the likes of Loulou de la Falaise and Karl Lagerfeld.

This film was a joy to watch with a standout performance by Pierre Niney, whose voice and mannerisms made Yves live once again.


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | English | Russian | Arabic | Japanese

Release Date:

8 January 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,207, 29 June 2014

Gross USA:

$723,593

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,026,290
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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