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Yves Saint Laurent - His Life and Times/5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris

Pierre Bergé , Catherine Deneuve , David Teboul  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Pierre Bergé, Catherine Deneuve, Yves Saint-Laurent
  • Directors: David Teboul
  • Writers: David Teboul
  • Producers: Christian Baute, Frederic Luzy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSO36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yves Saint Laurent - His Life and Times/5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris" on IMDb

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Two feature documentaries about the man who re-imagined women’s fashion. His Life and Times is an intimate biography featuring extensive interviews with the reclusive designer. 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris is a behind the scenes look inside Saint Laurent’s legendary atelier during the creation of his final Spring line. Together they form "a timeless portrait of an artist at work - a celebration of human endeavor." (Los Angeles Times)

Few would have guessed that Yves Saint Laurent idolized beatniks, and even secretly desired to become one. But already known for his impeccable taste and proper upbringing, the fashion designer was reticent to change too much from what brought him fame--haute couture. This latest DVD collection packages two documentaries, Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times and Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau to give a thorough understanding of the soft-spoken designer who flourished for 40 years in the fashion industry, even when competing against fashionable upstarts such as Stella McCartney and Zac Posen. The first film concentrates on his early years while the latter focuses on the creation of his final Spring collection. While the less technically savvy film of the two (it's full of awkward editing, shaky footage, and background noise that sometimes interferes with the interviews), His Life and Times offers more content. Born in 1936, Saint Laurent had an eye for style from an early age (At age 3, he suggested his elderly great aunt change her frock, and she listened.) As a teenager, he won a fashion contest that inadvertently got him an interview with Christian Dior. By the age of 26, he opened his own house of couture. While his father never approved of his less-than-manly career choice, and never acknowledged his son's homosexuality, Saint Laurent remembers that his father's last words on his deathbed were, "Ou est Yves?" ("Where is Yves?"). Though he liked working directly with his staff, Saint Laurent had a distinct way of viewing his collections: Rather than looking directly at the models wearing his creations, he would look at their reflections in the mirror as they were walking toward it; for him, this was a more real way of seeing his clothes. Though both documentaries move at a slow pace--that matches Saint Laurent's shy and well-thought out manner of speech--they provide interesting insight on a fashion icon. --Jae-Ha Kim

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Couture December 20, 2005
By walkure
The 2nd movie (5 Ave Marceau) is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and development of YSL's 2001 spring-summer couture collection. For fans of the rarified world of haute couture, we get to see the design process from sketch to toile to final preparation of dresses with all the minute and perfectionist adjustments made to hems, linings, collars, flounces etc. YSL's regular house models are featured including the evergreen Amalia. His muse Loulou de la Falaise Klossowski and also Anne Marie Munoz are there by his side to give their opinions and support. For once we also get to see his chiefs of ateliers working out his sketches and trying to come up with creations that match what he dreams of. It's a hushed temple of design with everyone contributing to the final designs. We get to see how fabrics are draped and chosen, decisions on embroidery, how the style of the model's walk can affect the design, how some colours or fabrics are rejected and replaced; successful creations are paraded by the house models in front of YSL and others and greeted by cries of "ravishing", "beautiful!" and "sensational". I only wish that the 1hour plus movie was even longer. There's only a little snippet of the actual fashion show tacked onto the end of the movie but that's not really the point of the movie. The style of filming is slightly distanced - we observe the team observing the designs and sort of listen into their conversations. Totally recommended if you love couture and love YSL. In French with accurate English sub-titles.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Love of the Glamour. April 7, 2005
Yves Saint Laurent is one of the greatest French fashion designers and his work has been raved and worned by fans worldwide. In this 2.5 hrs long documentary, we get to have more intimate look at the life and career of genius through the changes of more than 4 decades in the fashion world. With segments devoted to his fashion shows, and interviews on him as well as on others(influential fashion people) ultimately revealed more about the man behind the glamorous haute coutures.

It's very captivating to see how he became Dior's apprentice at 17 and when Dior died, he took over the job at the age of 21, with a debut show that dazzled the world. Eventually, he resigned from Dior, and just when everyone thought he was making a mistake, he launched his own label and started a smaller couture house of his own, and the result was astonishing as his first YSL collection became a hit. His work was especially adorned by divas like Catherine Deneuve, and even Jackie O.

I especially enjoyed watching him talk about himself in terms of family, love, career, and creativity. "I never plan what I draw, it just comes to me, and I have no vision of it". is one of the more interesting things I learned about him. He also openly talked about his passion for couture and resends ready-to-wear. He loved Chanel and Piccaso, and Balenciaga. He preferred Black models, because the colours of the dresses looked better on them and they have fabulous bodies......

The first part of the movie is finished at halfway, and followed by a complete domcumentary on behind the scenes of the preparation of a collection; from illustration to fabrics, toile fittings, to fancy embriodery work, to final fitting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's best to learn from the BEST April 2, 2007
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Having been in the fashion world for more than two decades, this DVD is the best example of what the Couture World is all about, perhaps a vanishing art but Yves was one of the last great real couture designers and this movie demonstrates that to the best ability. For anyone interested in Fashion and art in general, this is perhaps one of the most interesting documents on how the true couture work, men and women with true dedication to the art of drapping and hand work that produces the small miracles in beadwork, and all elements that made a couture garment different from any other. True understanding of the way a dress should look and how it flows like air. I recommend it highly to anyone going into the fashion world or already in the fashion world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven August 1, 2009
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Having completed my undergraduate work in Clothing and Textiles (eons ago), I still crave watching the masters create. The skill of Saint Laurent, Blass, Givenchy, and Chanel among others will never be rivaled.

Although I watch Project Runway and against my better judgment, The Fashion Show, this video of the life and magic of Saint Laurent sparked my desire to once again drag out the dress form, cutting table, and 20 year old sewing machine, and create.

Inspiration is gained by watching on the masters seek perfection in design and detail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See the Master at work December 24, 2008
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There have been many designers that have shaped the world of fashion through the years: Balenciaga, Dior, Chanel. But the one who created the many looks still worn today is YSL. The tuxedo look for women, the Safari jacket, color blocking(Mondrian dress), the peasant look. All designed by him.
This documentary is divided into two parts: His first years growing up in Algiers, his move to Paris and his beginnings working for Dior, and then heading the House after Dior's passing when he was just 21. The second part takes place at his atelier, almost 50 years later, working on his collection. You get to see the man at work, bringing his sketches to life, a change here a change there, and the people that help him bring it to reality. You hear him talk, move, answer questions, talk about his life, his acomplishments. You get to see a man who, in spite of who he is, is humble and totally dedicated to his craft. It's about the design, the clothes, the women who wear them, not the fame or the money or the accolades. His friends are also interviewed (Betty Catroux for one), and his mother.
And talk about the reverence, the total respect the people that work for him have for this man. They are dedicated to him, to help him achieve his vision.

I love fashion and the power it has to change the way you feel about yourself and how you present yourself to the world. I bought this DVD to better understand the process of designing and the man himself, and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. If you love fashion as much, you'll enjoy it too.
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beautiful film! beautiful seller!
Published 1 month ago by anna mack gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a dying tradition and YSL was one of the last great...
If you are remotely intrigued by fashion watch this video.
It is a fascinating behind the scenes look into the creative process in the Haute Couture. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phip Herrick
5.0 out of 5 stars An inside look at the creative process
Very fine documentary
Published 3 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great video for my library...can't get enough of the Artist's work...Well packaged and expediently delivered...
Published 3 months ago by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!
The film is engrossing, a thrilling representation of a retiring genius, one France 's greatest souls. Yves, a worthy tribute. No praise too great.
Published 7 months ago by Dan the Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary on YSL
YSL is truly a great and talented person. It is quite sad to see him so fragile and tortured by his own mind. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Del
4.0 out of 5 stars terrifuc!
I liked watching every minute of this. Nicce to have such a long and comprehensive (it seemed, anyway) look at how it all gets done.
Published 11 months ago by JoAnne Feldstein
3.0 out of 5 stars YSL dvd
I am not very happy. The DVD does not have anywhere what region it is.
Unfortunately it does not work in my Blue Ray which means I can only watch it on my laptop. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mikey Ayoubi
5.0 out of 5 stars As seen on TV
My wife and I used to have "Life and Times" saved on our DVR, until the DVR broke down. I especially love the part that starts with the Proust questionaire and ends with... Read more
Published 20 months ago by cardiffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashionistas
I LOVE this documentary. You hear and see the man behind the YSL name. You understand his thought process; therefore, appreciating the brand much more.
Published 21 months ago by Cherisen
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