4/18/14 – Update: More details and the American teaser trailer are in for the first of two Yves Saint Laurent biopics to be released in 2014, Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent,” which will open in U.S. theaters on June 25. The most notable part of the trailer, which acts as a fast-paced timeline of YSL’s life, is its assertion that “genius comes at a price”–a recognition of YSL’s incredible talent, but also an admission of the trials he faced throughout his career. Early reviews of the film praise the director for his elegant portrayal of the designer, and we can’t wait for the chance to check it out ourselves. Check out the new trailer below.
Next year, Yves Saint Laurent will be further immortalized with the release of two feature films, both biopics of his life. The Jalil Lespert-directed film, “Yves Saint Laurent,” is the first to release a theatrical trailer. Lespert’s version of YSL’s legacy focuses mainly on the deceased designer’s relationship with his business partner and love interest, Pierre Bergé. Bergé actually decided to support Lespert’s YSL film, giving the director access to Saint Laurent’s archives and former atelier. That means this film will have the advantage of using actual pieces from the designer, rather than relying on a costume director.
A French-made film, starring Frech actors, the film is, naturally, en francais. “Yves Saint Laurent” stars Pierre Niney as the title character. Check out the trailer here. (Don’t worry, there are subtitles.)
While it’s still too early to place bets on which film will be better (there aren’t yet many details about the other film–“Saint Laurent” directed by Bertrand Bonello), we do like the look and feel of Lespert’s effort. Any film concentrating on a dramatic romance is always entertaining, especially when that romance concerns one of the most notable fashion designers of the 20th century. This film will be released in France on January 8, 2014; a U.S. release date is still TBD.
StyleBlazers will you go see “Yves Saint Laurent”?
This article was originally published on November 7, 2013.