L’Amour Fou: Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé

It's on a rainy Sunday morning that I finally got a chance to watch "L'Amour Fou". I felt like I was traveling to an old and romantic black and white Paris. Lovely trip. If you like fashion and, of course, love stories, here is the pitch:

Just six months after the death of Yves Saint Laurent in 2008, Pierre Thoretton began filming what he thought would be a documentary about the homes and collections of the legendary designer and his partner of 50 years, Pierre Bergé. “The first take was completely boring,” says Thoretton. “I realized the most important thing in the collection was their joy. Was them.”

We follow YSL through his career, starting as an assistant to Christian Dior. It develops into a life full of fame, celebration, meeting the most well-known people in the world, but also of despair and depression. A life he wants to end many times. And the film also follows Bergé as he arranges to auction off the countless treasures that the couple had accumulated during their decades together.

“The question begs to be asked: Would Yves have wanted this sale? No,” says Bergé. But he, always the planner and businessman in their relationship, feels differently. “You know, losing someone with whom you have lived with ups and downs along the way for fifty years. Whose eyes I closed. Is another thing entirely than seeing our works of art leave.”

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