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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2007, Olivier Meyrou, France, 74 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 29th 4:30pm
  • Sat, Nov 30th 6:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 1st 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 2nd 6:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 3rd 8:30pm
  • Wed, Dec 4th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 5th 8:30pm
Chicago premiere!

"A searching, sensitive and revealing portrait. Saint Laurent was essential to 20th-century culture, and CELEBRATION shows the inevitable fading of glory as well as the enduring features of his life’s work."—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“Essential viewing...A priceless addition to our understanding of how Yves Saint Laurent—the man, the myth, la marque—operated…essential viewing.”—Peter Debruge, Variety

Legally prevented from release for many years by Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent’s life partner and business manager, CELEBRATION is a fly-on-the-wall chronicle of preparations for the fabled designer’s final collection before his brand was sold to Gucci in 1998. Intimately revealing but less than flattering, this documentary pulls back the curtain on the glamorous façade to see Saint Laurent as an ill, chain-smoking, tic-ridden recluse, a prisoner of his own monumental unhappiness, while the domineering, eagle-eyed Bergé micro-manages an empire of submissive seamstresses, malleable models, and film-star influencers. Filming over three years, director Meyrou balances an inside look at the hands-on making and calculated presentation of the fashion with a view of the principals in this illusion-based industry that doesn’t miss a trick. In French and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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