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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 100 MIN | 2011

L'AMOUR FOU

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Yves Saint Laurent left a fashion legacy. He also left behind an extraordinary collection of art. In L'amour fou, Saint Laurent's partner in business and life, Pierre Bergé, made the choice to auction off the collection after Saint Laurent's death in 2008. It was considered "the auction of the century." Bergé talks about their relationship in both respects—from meeting Saint Laurent after his dismissal from Dior to starting up their fashion house and, of course, the art that they amassed. The collection started in the 1950s and included works ranging from Picasso and Matisse to Egyptian sculptures.

The art collection is impressive, but it represents more than just two collectors—they're the puzzle pieces that form a picture of a unique, half-century partnership. Carefully crafting a loving and well-deserved tribute, director Pierre Thoretton stunningly blends Bergé's interviews, rare archival footage, and incredible access to their homes to make what amounts to more than a biography. He captures a love story—a so-called crazy love—of art, fashion, and the two men who loved both and one another.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 100 minutes
Language: French
Country: France
Premiere: U.S.
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Betty Catroux, Loulou De La Falaise
Director: Pierre Thoretton
Producer: Kristina Larsen, Hugues Charbonneau
Executive Producer: Kristina Larsen
Press Contacts
Special Note

 



Co-hosted by
 
uniFrance  Embassy of France in the United States

 

About the Director(s)
PIERRE THORETTON was born in Noyon, France. As an artist, he has held solo exhibitions at l'Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Cergy-Pontoise, Galerie Michel Rein, Tours, Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany, Galerie Piece Unique in Paris, and La Box in Bourges. L'amour fou is his first feature film.

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