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Yves Saint Laurent directed by Jalil Lespert (France) 2014 follows the roller coaster life of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, creative heir to the famous postwar French couturier Christian Dior.

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Algerian-born Saint Laurent found himself pushed out of the house of Dior after a nervous breakdown following his refusal to fight in the French army. However, his lover, Pierre Bergé was able to launch a successful new fashion house for him.

While the designer excelled creatively, he could be temperamental and difficult both at work and in his private life. He spent a fortune on expensive purchases and indulged during off-hours in an abundance of alcohol and drugs.

Bergé was alert to the dangers surrounding a decadent lifestyle and jealously quelled the serious erotic entanglements that ensued.

Probably the most interesting part of the film is the opportunity to see the actual gowns Saint Laurent designed.

Yves Saint Laurent was included in this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival and screens again during Frameline 38 at the Victoria Theatre Saturday 21 June 2014 at 7:00 PM.

For more information and tickets contact Frameline.

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