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DENEUVE’S SAINT LAURENT

They met in 1966 on the set of Belle de Jour—each making indelible contributions to Luis Buñuel’s masterpiece—and the following year she was the first to wear the designer’s “le smoking” tuxedo.

In the decades that followed, the relationship between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent bridged friendship, creative expression, and commerce—she was his greatest ambassador.

For Thursday’s live auction at Christie’s, the star has emptied her Normandy closets of over 120 YSL couture pieces. (An online auction the day before will focus on prêt-à-porter.)

CATHERINE DENEUVE

YVES SAINT LAURENT—

DE MODE ET AMITIÉ

Thursday, January 24, at 2:30 pm.

Christie’s

9 avenue Matignon, 8th, Paris.

From top:

Helmut Newton (foreground) photographing Yves Saint Laurent and Catherine Deneuve in 1981. Photograph by Bruno Bachelet/Paris Match via Getty Images. Image credit: Christie’s.

Deneuve at Saint Laurent. Photography credit: Botti/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images.

Above, from right: Zizi Jeanmaire, Deneuve, Françoise Hardy, and Elsa Martinelli at Saint Laurent, 1967. Image credit: Getty Images.

Below: Saint Laurent and Deneuve, 1968.

DENEUVE AT ZENITH

For the last ten years, Catherine Deneuve has been playing versions of herself—an intelligent, independent, chic woman of a certain age, a great, well-preserved beauty (a nip here, a tuck there) with the signature blonde Deneuve helmet and ever-present cigarette. Regrets, she’s had a few, but she wears her battle scars lightly and—fortunately for us—shows no sign of slowing down.

In her new film THE MIDWIFE, written and directed by Martin Provost, she plays Béatrice, a gambler—literally and figuratively. Living on grand casino memories and sketchy loan arrangements with old comrades, she’s been reduced to backroom card games with deliverymen and taxi drivers on their lunch break. (A Deneuve character in an animal-print coat, blouse, or scarf signals “downmarket.”)

On top of everthing else, Béatrice has just gotten news of a serious health crisis. So, before it’s too late, she attempts one last reunion with a long-abandoned ex-lover, a swimming champion. (And a specimen of singular male beauty interestingly doubled in the film by Quentin Dolmaire, last seen in his breakout performance in Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days.) To find the former lover, Béatrice tracks down his daughter, played by the great Catherine Frot as the midwife of the title.

What follows is an exceptionally well-made and often comic examination of two disparate hustlers—one devil-may-care and resigned to her fate, the other earnestly navigating corporate downsizing in the health care industry—who finally find comity and joy in a rapidly contracting world.

 

THE MIDWIFE

Through August 10.

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Above: Catherine Deneuve in The Midwife/Sage-femme (2017).

Below: Deneuve and Catherine Frot. Image credit: Music Box Films.