From the NYT today:

.. the French filmmaker David Teboul's two Saint Laurent documentaries, which open tomorrow at the Film Forum in Manhattan, treat the designer's peccadilloes somewhat gingerly, they nevertheless provide mirror-shard glimpses of an artist's process. "Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times" is a biopic about a man the director characterizes as "elegant, cold, shy and distant." Rich as it is with footage from the 60's and 70's and interviews with the designer's mother ( he got his start, we learn, when, at age 3, he pointed out to an aunt that her shoes did not work with her dress); his lover, Pierre Bergé; his muse, Loulou de la Falaise; and the well-born nobodies of his coterie, the archival material alone merits a trip to West Houston Street. But the second film on the bill, "Yves Saint Laurent: 5, Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris," also represents some important social anthropology. For the first time in 40 years, cameras were allowed inside the designer's atelier, where Mr. Teboul spent three months documenting not just the Saint Laurent process but also the folkways of a crafts tradition — the famous petites mains — now kept on life support by French government subsidies.

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