Wednesday, July 27, 2011

L'amour Fou

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is one of the crown jewels of the city's cultural district. It is home to an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art pushing the boundaries of the sometimes conservative Texan. 

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. 

via IMDB
He recounts the entire ingenious journey of his lover while all the time paralleling Saint Laurent's admiration of art with the evolution of his own creations. Berge's unique prospective and personal manner provides a depth to the film that elevates a simple biography to a passion-filled love story. 

via IMDB
I highly recommend moving this film to the top of your Queue immediately! I would love to know what you think or what your favorite film is. 

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