Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times (2004)
This fascinating portrait of designer Yves Saint Laurent details his rise in fashion world, his happy childhood in Algeria and his relationships with friends, family and colleagues. David Teboul directed.
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Critic Reviews for Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times
... best received as an idealized portrait of a time, and of the strange characters that time created. It looks gorgeous, like a feature-length fashion ad -- it shows us an impossible world, beyond our aspirations.
An absorbing exploration of creativity and the artistic temperament.
This austere non-narrative should fascinate fashion buffs and fans of rigorous cinematic formalism, but leave everyone else fidgeting restlessly in their mass-market jeans and T-shirts.
If you're curious about fashion, it's okay. If sitting through two documentaries about fashion sounds as exciting as, well watching people sew on buttons, skip it.
A glimpse inside the mind of one of the last century's biggest names and a history lesson about the world of high fashion.
The picture is wrapped in a haze of melancholy, as if we're watching a swath of history -- the history of couture, specifically -- winding slowly away from us.
Teboul's films get as close as anyone to revealing the inner workings of the mind of a man who stands as one of the truly influential, world's eye-view-changing designers of the last century.
Teboul explores the nature of Saint Laurent's peculiar genius in these two related documentaries that, taken together, form an interesting portrait of a fascinating, if at times maddeningly enigmatic, figure of high fashion.
Despite the excess of information, the films are so unfocused we never get to know the man behind the gowns.
Enlightening and enjoyable.
Complementary documentaries at Film Forum examine the life and career of the designer Yves Saint Laurent.
Uncovers less than one might wish about Saint Laurent's enigmatic personality, but fashion buffs will get an eyeful.
The proceedings quickly turn tedious for those not fascinated by the craft, though no doubt future generations of fashionistas will be thrilled to have them documented.
Long takes and St. Laurent's deep calm have a meditative effect ... when all is said and done the high prices of couture are understood.
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