There's a whole lot of controversy surround Yves Saint Laurent biopic number two, 'Saint Laurent.' Just what's going on?
With the success of both Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Tatou’s biopics on the life of Coco Chanel, it wouldn’t be long until films about other famous fashion designers began coming out. This year, not one, but two movies about the life of Yves Saint-Laurent have been released. The first, Yves Saint Laurent, starring Pierre Niney as a young Saint Laurent follows the designer’s rapid ascension to the height of the haute couture scene.
Pierre Niney plays a young Yves Saint Laurent in Yves Saint Laurent
Pierre Berge, Saint Laurent’s long time lover and business partner, was supportive of the film, lending out “77 vintage outfits from its archives and [allowing the director] Lespert to film certain scenes at its headquarters on Avenue Marceau in Paris.” The film was largely adapted from Laurence Benaim’s biography of the couple’s reminiscences, in a book titled, “Letters to Yves.” Although Berge said “there are details I don’t like,” on the whole he approved of the movie and added, “You have to take the movie as it is - as a whole.”
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Like Coco Before Chanel, this French designer biopic is far too respectful of its subject to come to life properly as a movie. It's gorgeous to look at, and features striking performances and a strong central story. But filmmaker Jalil Lespert maintains a too-worthy tone that makes the storyline drag badly, even though there's a strikingly intriguing relationship at the centre.
The film picks up the story of Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney) in the 1950s, when the 21-year-old hotshot is shaking up Paris as a designer for Christian Dior. When military service costs him his job and shakes his mental health, his lover Pierre Berge (Guillaume Gallienne) steps in and becomes his professional partner, helping him establish YSL as an iconic brand. Over the decades Yves reinvents fashion by combining classic looks with imaginative flourishes. As he falls into drugs and alcohol to cope with the overpowering expectations, it's Pierre who keeps him going and manages the company to global powerhouse status. Although outside liaisons put a strain on their personal relationship.
Lespert does a remarkable job at capturing Saint Laurent's visual aesthetic, filling the screen with bold colours, sleek lines and achingly beautiful clothes. The immaculately recreated catwalk shows are stunning, while the raucously staged parties are packed with actors playing iconic figures. But all of these people are little more than bursts of colour in an otherwise glum movie.
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The Berlin Film Festival premieres a series of big titles, including Nymphomaniac, The Monuments Men and Yves Saint Laurent. A new trailer stirs buzz for the teen comedy G.B.F. in the UK. And two horror films tease us with trailers promising blackly comical grisliness in Cheap Thrills and more violent nastiness in The Purge 2...
The main global cinematic event this week is the Berlin Film Festival, which showcases high-profile films like Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac and George Clooney's The Monuments Men. After their starry New York premiere last week, Clooney and his gang of costars - including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin - have been dashing around Europe this week. Here's video footage from The Monuments Men Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York including the arrival of Director and Star George Clooney as well as appearences from other A-List cast members like Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Bill Murray. Incase you missed Shia LabBeouf's Paper bag stunt take a look here.
Another Berlin premiere debuted its first trailer this week, giving us a look at the biopic Yves Saint Laurent. Pierre Niney (Romantics Anonymous) plays the eponymous designer in the film, which traces his rise to fame and romantic liaisons with both men and women in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Unsurprisingly, the film looks stylish and achingly cool. It opens next month in Britain. Watch 'Yves Saint Laurent' trailer here.
Fashion fans have a treat in-store at the movies this year, in the form 'Yves Saint Laurent'.
The life of YVES SAINT LAURENT is likely to make for a far more engrossing movie than Coco Before Chaneland it's Jalil Lespert who's been trusted with bringing his complex story to the big-screen. His new movie focuses on the complex life of one of the world's most famous fashion designers.
Pierre Niney as Yves Saint Laurent [L] and Charlotte Le Bon [R]
We join the action as Yves - a 21-year-old aspiring designer - catches the eye of major house Christian Dior. The ambitious creative suddenly finds himself working for Dior and he is catapulted into the celebrity world.
Yves Saint Laurent is a 21-year-old aspiring fashion designer whose sketches have caught the eye of one of France's most revered fashion giants, Christian Dior. When Yves finds himself the successor of Dior's fashion house, he suddenly finds himself a major celebrity; a status which grows at the arrival of his first catwalk show. It's there he meets Pierre Bergé, with whom he falls in love and the pair quickly become business partners. However, life becomes more complicated when Yves finds himself fired, and his life spirals into a whirlwind of humiliation, media savagery, drugs and mental illness. Despite his problems, however, he still manages to impress the world with his first collection - a move which would change the world of haute couture forever.
'Yves Saint Laurent' is a biographical drama based on the colourful life of the world renowned designer of the same name. Based on the biography 'Letters to Yves' by Laurence Benaïm, the movie has been directed and co-written by Jalil Lespert ('Headwinds', '24 Bars') with previous screenplay collaborator Marie-Pierre Huster ('Amitiés sincères', 'Headwinds') and Jacques Fieschi ('Going Away', 'Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud'). 'Yves Saint Laurent' is set to be unveiled in the UK on March 21st 2014.