Many residents and visitors are familiar with the architectural beauty which contains the likes of Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Susan Rothenberg, Richard Serra, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol. What many people may not be acquatinted with are the incredible films showcased weekly at Magnolia at the Modern.
This film house is one of the very best places to see hard to find foreign and independent movies in the area. My most recent Magnolia indulgence? L'amour Fou.
This french masterpiece documents the life and death of famed fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
I should start by saying that I approached the film expecting to encounter a story about a designer and his creations, but what I got was something completely unexpected.
Director Pierre Thoretton created shear genius within the ninety-eight minute retrospective. The story begins with the young and somewhat naive Yves becoming creative successor to the Christian Dior empire. A young man of only 21 with a responsibility to a nation. Pierre Berge, Saint Laurent's long time lover and business partner, narrates the tumultuous tale from the designer's rise to fame until his death in 2008.