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Fashion Icons

November 2007

This series celebrates fashion icons— those who made fashion and those who wore fashion in ways that changed the definition of style. Two intimate documentaries about designer Yves Saint Laurent show the master at work. In And God Created Woman, Brigitte Bardot’s raw sexuality redefined femininity, catapulting her to stardom and, for many, making her the standard by which beauty was measured. Women everywhere adopted the boy cut after seeing Jean Seberg in Breathless. Audrey Hepburn’s legendary sense of style is evident in Funny Face, with costume design by Edith Head. Fashions may change over time, but these icons are timeless. And these films remain a pleasure to watch, suffused with beauty, style, and wit.

Presented as part of Fashion Month at FIAF.

Yves Saint Laurent

Double Feature

Yves Saint Laurent
His Life and Times

Tuesday, November 6 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Dir. David Teboul, 2002
Color. 77 min. In French with English subtitles

An essential biography of the notoriously guarded Saint Laurent—considered by many to be the last great designer of haute couture. Featuring interviews with fashion icons and family members, His Life and Times explores Saint Laurent’s childhood and early employment with Christian Dior, all the way up to his decision to retire in 2002.

Yves Saint Laurent
5 avenue Marceau 75116 Paris

Tuesday, November 6 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Dir. David Teboul, 2002
Color. 85 min. In French with English subtitles

Having presented a broad overview of Yves Saint Laurent’s life and career in His Life and Times, director David Teboul follows with 5 avenue Marceau, an intimate document of one particular event: the creation of Saint Laurent’s final women’s collection. Covering two months in the process from the earliest sketches to the final designs, the film is clearly a labor of love and a celebration of one of the century’s most influential men in fashion.

There will be an intermission between the two films.

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Jean-Louis Trintignant & Brigitte Bardot

Rare Screening

And God Created Woman
Et Dieu créa la femme

Tuesday, November 13 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Dir. Roger Vadim, 1957
With Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Color. 100 min. In French with English subtitles

Though she had acted in over a dozen films before, Brigitte Bardot’s portrayal of Juliette, the teenager who takes Saint- Tropez by storm (much to the chagrin of her husband), catapulted Bardot to icon status. As her director and husband, Roger Vadim imbues the film with a whimsical quality and captures her unique sensuality—a bikini never looked the same again.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo & Jean Seberg

A Bout de souffle

Tuesday, November 20 at 12:30 & 7pm

Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1960
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg
B&W. 90 min. In French with English subtitles

A young thief murders a policeman and subsequently tries to convince an American girl to run away with him to Italy. With a restless energy that pulses through its handheld camerawork, references to American noir and awareness of cinema history, Breathless is the film that defined the French New Wave. Emulated in many ways, not least of which the style of its stars. Winner of the 1960 Prix Jean Vigo.

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Isabelle Adjani

Rare Screening

Tuesday, November 20 at 4 & 9pm

Dir. Luc Besson, 1985
With Isabelle Adjani, Christophe Lambert
Color. 104 min. In French with English subtitles

Fred is making a good living, robbing safes and squatting in the Metro system with various underground citizens. Though on the run, he still pursues his dreams of forming a rock band, and marrying an attractive woman from whom he has extorted. Here, music, suspense, and humor merge in the subterranean world of the highly stylized 80s. These elements, along with two striking lead actors who beautifully wear the fashion and hairstyle trends of the time, have helped this film attain cult status. Winner of three César Awards.

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Audrey Hepburn

Funny Face
Tuesday, November 27 at 12:30, 4 & 7pm

Dir. Stanley Donen, 1957
With Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire
Color. 103 min. In English

Charmed and lured by a famous fashion photographer, a bookish young woman is swept away to Paris to become a model. This film was a dream collaboration between Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, helmed by master director Stanley Donen, with a score from Ira and George Gershwin to boot. Nominated for three Oscars and the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

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In & Out of Fashion

In & Out of Fashion
Tuesday, November 27 at 9pm

Dir. William Klein, 1998
Color and B&W. 88 min. Limited dialogue in French

Born in New York but based in France for decades, William Klein has amassed a body of work through film, photography, and painting. In and Out of Fashion serves as an invaluable overview of and introduction to this singular artist through film clips, unearthed footage, and interviews with icons like Serge Gainsbourg, Jean- Paul Gaultier and Agnès b. Klein’s style continues to be very much in fashion.

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In French with English subtitles unless otherwise noted

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street

Ticket Price
FIAF Members Free* ($2 advance tickets)
Non-Members $10
Students w/ ID $7
*Pick up free ticket on the day of event at the Box Office by presenting membership card.

Special Offer
Present your CinémaTuesdays ticket and receive a 15% discount on your bill at Bistro 60 (37 E 60 St). Valid only on date printed on ticket.

Curated by Marie Losier.
Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CinémaTuesdays is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency. American Airlines is the official airline of FIAF.
Yves Saint Laurent © Pierre Boulat / Photofest;
And God Created Woman © Kingsley-International Pictures / Photofest;
Breathless © Impéria/Photofest
Subway © Impéria / Photofest;
Funny Face © Paramount Pictures / Photofest;
In & Out Fashion © William Klein/Walker Art Center

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