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The relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé was based on much more than art or even fashion. As a new documentary by Pierre Thoretton attests, the pair shared a “l'amour fou” (mad love) that defined their lives.

When the filmmaker Pierre Thoretton began making a documentary about the art collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, he quickly found a subject of much greater interest. “I soon realized that what made the most sense was them,” he explains. “The collection was all them, it was their œuvre, it was an intimate reflection of their couple, not a demonstration of power or money.”

From that moment, Thoretton’s work focused on the intricate 50-year relationship between Saint Laurent and Bergé – a great love that made a greater story than that of evening dresses, safari jackets and le smoking. Introduced to Bergé by Catherine Deneuve (who is the grandmother of one of Thoretton’s children), he met with Saint Laurent’s longtime lover for lunch at Brasserie Lipp once a week for years, researching for Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé: L’Amour Fou, his documentary which was released in France this week.

“The film was almost a conclusion to this long discussion about their life, art, literature and the consistence of an existence,” says Thoretton. “Saint Laurent and Bergé – they completed each other’s weaknesses and strengths.”

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“Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé: L’Amour Fou” is currently on show across France. It will be released in the UK and USA in 2011.

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