May 19, 2011

L'Amour Fou...

After just finishing the NY Times review of L'Amour Fou the recently debuted documentary on Yves Saint Laurent, I am completely looking forward to seeing it. This is the third documentary about the French couturier who died in 2008 and I think this one will likely be the most interesting. It is well known that although as a designer he was a visionary, an icon who will most likely go down as one of the most influential designers, he also lived with overwhelming bouts of depression which made it very difficult to truly experience the magnificence he had created. Two things he greatly treasured were the love of his partner Pierre Berge who narrates the film and the his attachment to the possessions and art they amassed which was basically astounding. In 2009 Berge sold most of their collection at auction at Christies which was known as the "auction of the century" netting $483.8 million dollars. The "mad love" of the title refers to their passion for collecting homes and art. After reading the review I went to look for the trailer on the film and the most interesting part is that after a short montage of his work, there is a shot of Saint Lauent at a press conference where he says..." I understand the most important encounter in life is the encounter with oneself ", and sadly it seems that despite his creative accomplishment and his long lasting relationship and their amazing surroundings there was something in his genius that never allowed him to master that encounter and relationship with himself.


...there are many aspects of his empire that I admire but this Helmut Newton photograph below which I have had a print of hanging in my bathroom for years, personifies his brilliance. The women's tuxedo which he originally created in 1966 and which most likely became his trademark is that perfect combination of masculine and feminine, light versus dark and in his case his artistry versus his demons...


Here is a little sneak peak from the trailer...

       

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