Pierre Bergé Threatens Legal Action Against Competing YSL Biopic

Yves Saint Laurent is back in the spotlight, but this time, not because of controversial grunge-on-the-runway shows from Hedi Slimane. Two biopics about the late designer’s life and inspiration are slated for release this year, and only one of them has a seal of approval from Saint Laurent’s partner, Pierre Bergé. The other? Decidedly the opposite.

Bergé took to Twitter to share his feelings about the film — fairly impressive, given that he’s 82 years old: “Two films on YSL? I hold the moral rights over YSL’s work, his image and mine and have only authorized Jalil Lespert. A trial on the cards?” he wrote. Apparently, filmmaker Francois Pinault incurred his wrath when he wrote Bergé a diplomatic note saying that he wasn’t seeking his authorization in the interest of “freedom of expression,” a sentiment we too might be a little worried about, since there’s plenty of unpleasant material in YSL’s life (drugs and mental illness, for example) that Bergé probably doesn’t want splashed on the big screen.

Pinault’s scriptwriter Thomas Bidegain called rival director Bertrand Bonnello‘s project a “telefilm” in response — apparently quite the zinger in the indie film community.

Pinault also wasn’t given access to Bergé trove of YSL-related memorabilia, including clothing, sketches, and accessories, a denial which the movie will probably suffer from. But he still says his portrayal of YSL’s partner is favorable, which is pretty nice of him, given Bergé’s attitude.

And all this hoopla is kind of making us want to see Pinault’s film a little more. Which one do you think will do it better?

[The Gloss]

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