And another entry in the fashion documentary field. Joining Unzipped, Lagerfeld Confidential, Valentino: The Last Emperor, The September Issue, and Bill Cunningham New York is L’Amour Fou the story of the extravagant and decadent life of Yves Saint Laurent and his relationship with partner Pierre Bergé. (And this is the third doc about Saint Laurent.) According to the New York Times,
Much of this stately, rather detached biography, narrated by Mr. Bergé, is pornography for the eye (not the body), in which the camera surveys the treasures that the couple collected and that Mr. Bergé sold at a 2009 Christie’s auction for $483.8 million. (That figure is not named in the film.) The mad love of the movie’s title refers only tangentially to their relationship, in which Mr. Bergé was the controlling force and rock on which Saint Laurent built his empire. It refers more directly to their passion for collecting perfect houses filled with the world’s greatest art. In one house, Mr. Bergé recalls, all the rooms were named after characters from Proust.
Not surprisingly we find a depressed and tortured soul. I have named all the rooms in my house after characters from Seuss; my Cindy Lou Who could use a coat of paint.
Starts Friday, June 10, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street, 272.3970