Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times | Chicago Reader

Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times

The first of two documentaries David Teboul made about the influential couturier in 2002, this provides a reverent overview of the Algerian-born designer's career but is too conventional to illuminate such an extraordinary life. Anointed at 21 as Christian Dior's successor, then deposed a few years later, Saint Laurent rebounded by forming his own company with lover-partner Pierre Berge; together they revolutionized women's wear in the 60s much as the Beatles revolutionized pop music. Unfortunately the film captures little of the seismic energy of that era, despite some entertaining archival footage, some of it rarely seen. In French with subtitles. 77 min.

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