The director of the YSL movie speaks up!

13 May 2011

OOOh, and *quivers of anticipation* we are TOO excited about the Yves Saint Laurent film, L’Amour Fou – a documentary about the enduring love story of the great designer and his long term lover and business partner, Pierre Bergé. Unfortunately for us, there’s no release date slated for the UK, so we guess we’re going to have to catch it on DVD. In the States, though it already has limited release in cinemas, so the fashionistas out there won’t stop going on about it. Grrr; first the Alexander McQueen retrospective, and now this! Those guys get all the good stuff. Anyway, brilliant blog Hint Mag, has had the foresight to interview the creator of the movie, Pierre Thoretton. 

He told them how the film came to be; ‘I started off making a film on Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé's homes and their [art] collection, but it was turning out very boring’ – after the death of Saint Laurent there was a highly publicised auction where the incredible cache of art and artefacts amassed by the couple over their life together was sold at absolutely unbelievable prices. Thoretton went on; ‘the art dealers that sold them the work [and] the objects - what they talked to me about, rather than the objects themselves, was how the transactions went down and the relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.. . . These dealers would tell me about their relationship and their love story. So I said to myself, it's a love story first and foremost.’

Ah. Yves Saint Laurent’s battles with his personal demons and addictions have been well documented in the past, but Thoretton chose not to focus on them in this film. His impressions of the designer were that; he ‘existed in another sphere. He's like an angel. He's extremely moving. . . That's why I say that he's like an angel. It's very strange. The world was completely foreign to him, in a certain sense. He was frightened by the world and by what surrounds us.’

And his aims in making the film in the first place? ‘I'm hoping that it can change the perception of him, but also our perceptions of ourselves. And to show that stories of life and love are really not fairy tales, it takes work.’

Are you reading this film distributors? We need a UK release!

- Naomi Attwood


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