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1962 Ballets Roland Petit

Théâtre National de Paris

Choreography Roland PetitSet design and costumes Yves Saint Laurent. 

Show in four parts: 

1. Palais de Chaillot - number with three Berlioz overtures 
2. Maldoror- based on Lautréamont. Music Maurice Jarre. 
3. Le Violon - Music by Marius Constant, paraphrase of Les caprices by Nicolo Paganini. 
4. Rapsodie Espagnole - Music by Maurice Ravel.

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1963 The Pink Panther

Film directed by Blake Edwards 
Cast David Niven, Peter Sellers, Capucine, Robert Wagner and Claudia Cardinale 
Costumes for Claudia Cardinale and Capucine by Yves Saint Laurent 

In this first film of a long series featuring the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, the Pink Panther is a diamond coveted by a host of shady characters. Claudia Cardinale and Capucine shine like dazzling gems in Yves Saint Laurent's costumes.

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1964 The Marriage of Figaro

The Renaud-Barrault Company, Odéon Théâtre de France

By Beaumarchais 
Directed by Jean-Louis Barrault 
Costumes Yves Saint Laurent
Cast Dominique Paturel, Madeleine Lambert, Jean Desailly, Anne Doat, Henri Gilabert, Simone Valère 

André Malraux, then Minister of Culture, named Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud directors of this legendary theater in 1959. The ensuing ten years saw a great number world premieres and reprises of popular and classical plays by troupes from around the world. 


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1964 Il Faut passer par les nuages

The Renaud-Barrault Company, Odéon, Théâtre de France

By François Billetdoux 
Directed by Jean-Louis Barrault 
Costumes Yves Saint Laurent. 
Cast Annie Bertin, Pierre Bertin, Marie-Hélène Dasté, Jean Martel, Dominique Paturel, Jean Desailly, Michel Bertay, Alice Reichen, Régis Outin, André Weber, Pierre Clémenti, François Hélie, Pierre Durou, Madeleine Renaud... 

Il faut passer par les nuages was first performed in 1964 at the Odéon, directed by Jean-Louis Barrault and starring Madeleine Renaud. Music played a central role in the narrative of this 'bourgeois saga in five movements' (as descfribed by the playwright). 
By shaking up the rules of drama and 'shattering' the provincial bourgeoisie, Billetdoux and Barrault created a style hailed by the critics of the time as innovative and poetic.


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1965 Le Diable Amoureux

By Cazotte

Ballet by Jean Anouilh
Based on an idea by Roland Petit
Music Henri Dutilleux
Based on the book by Jacques Cazotte, a pioneer of fantasy literature (1772). 

Satan takes on the shape of an androgynous young woman to seduce a young man who has recently converted to illuminism. 

This work, part dream, part reality, was unfortunately never brought to the stage.

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1965 A Very Special Favor

Film directed by Michael Gordon
Costumes for Leslie Caron by Yves Saint Laurent
Cast Rock Hudson, Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer

1965 Moment to Moment

Film directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Costumes for Jean Seberg by Yves Saint Laurent
Cast Jean Seberg, Honor Blackman

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12/01/1965 Des journées entières dans les arbres

The Renaud-Barrault Company, Odéon, Théâtre de France

First performed 1 December 1965
By Marguerite Duras
Costumes Yves Saint Laurent. 
Cast Madeleine Renaud, Jean Desailly, Anne Doat, André Weber. 

In 1954, Marguerite Duras published the novel, Whole Days in the Trees, the story of a mother rediscovering her son who is in his fifties but appears clueless in the world of adults. She adapted the book into a play of the same name. “I believe that all women, whether they aspire to motherhood or not, will be touched by this mother's extraordinary love for a son who has never wanted to accomplish anything, who has consciously remained a child, in order to stay within her,” Jean-Louis Barrault said at the time. 

This was the first of a long series of collaborations between Duras and Yves Saint Laurent. It was also to become a high point of the Renaud-Barrault period at the Odéon. 

Madeleine Renaud reprised the role of the mother, this time alongside Bulle Ogier, in the film version directed by Duras in 1977. 

The movie won the Jean Cocteau prize.

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12/11/1965 Notre Dame de Paris

Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris

First performed on 11 December 1965 at the Paris Opera 
Based on the book by Victor Hugo 
Choreography Roland Petit 
Music Maurice Jarre
Costumes Yves Saint Laurent. 
Cast of the Première Roland Petit (Quasimodo), Claire Motte (Esmeralda), Cyril Atanassoff (Frollo), Jean-Pierre Bonnefous (Phoebus) 

Roland Petit created this show for the Paris Opera in 1965. The numerous costumes were designed Yves Saint Laurent and the great composer Maurice Jarre wrote the score. 
The well-defined characters, the very human Quasimodo and its equally grandiose and intimate universe struck a deep chord with the spectators and made this production a reference for the Paris Opera. 

The show was reprised in 2001 with Yves Saint Laurent's costumes.

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1966 Arabesque

Film directed by Stanley Donen 
Costumes for Sophia Loren by Yves Saint Laurent. 
Cast Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren 

A thriller featuring Sophia Loren as a sublime spy... 

Yves Saint Laurent was nominated for a BAFTA award for the costumes he designed for Sophia Loren.

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1966 Les Monstres Sacrés

Théâtre des Ambassadeurs

Reprise. First performed in 1940, Théâtre Michel, Paris 

By Jean Cocteau 
Directed by Henri Rollan 
Costumes for Arletty by Yves Saint Laurent 
Set design Christian Bérard. 
Cast Arletty, Yves Vincent, Huguette Hue, Simone Paris, Nicole Chollet. 

Written in 1939 for Yvonne de Bray, while Jean Cocteau was living on her houseboat, Les Monstres Sacrés premiered in February 1940 at the Michel Theater in Paris. 

The play was reprised at the Théatre des Ambassadeurs, starring Arletty in costumes by Yves Saint Laurent. 
It would be her last role.


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1967 A Delicate Balance

The Renaud-Barrault Company, Odéon, Théâtre de France

By Edward Albee 
Adapted by Matthieu Galey 
Directed by Jean-Louis Barrault 
Costumes Yves Saint Laurent. 
Cast Madeleine Renaud, Claude Dauphin, Edwige Feuillère, Marie-Hélène Daste, Jacques Castelot, Simone Valère. 

A play that explores the weaving manifestations of madness, A Delicate Balance is interspersed with monologs which are at times dramatic and amusing. Edward Albee, who also wrote Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Zoo Story, received the Pulitzer Prize for this play in 1966.

1967 Belle de Jour

Film by Luis Buñuel 
Costumes for Catherine Deneuve by Yves Saint Laurent. 
Distribution Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Françoise Fabian, Macha Méril. 

A torrid script by Jean-Claude Carrière, based on J. Kessel's book, black and white outfits designed by Yves Saint Laurent... 
Belle de Jour is a film of disquieting 'chaste eroticism.' Crowned with numerous awards, it was a tremendous box-office hit in France and the US and became a cult film. 
It also marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship between Yves Saint Laurent and Catherine Deneuve.

1968 L'Amante Anglaise

Théâtre National de Paris, Salle Gémier (Chaillot)

World premiere. 

By Marguerite Duras 
Directed by Claude Régy 
Costumes for Madeleine Renaud by Yves Saint Laurent. 
Cast Michael Lonsdale, Claude Dauphin, Madeleine Renaud, François Périer. 

Based on true events, this play written in 1967 by Marguerite Duras broke new ground in theater. The characters do not speak to each other, but rather converse with an invisible third character who is seeking the guilty party in a crime. 
Marguerite Duras was deeply moved by Claude Regy's work, and used this narrative device in later works. 
Madeleine Renaud, who worked outside of the Renaud-Barrault Company for this production, played the daunting role of Claire Lannes in Yves Saint Laurent's costumes.


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1968 La Chamade

Film directed by Alain Cavalier
Based on the novel by Françoise Sagan 
Costumes for Catherine Deneuve by Yves Saint Laurent 
Cast Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Roger Van Hool, Amidou, Philippine Pascal, Louis Rioton, Monique Lejeune... 

Catherine Deneuve teams up once again with Michel Piccoli, this time in a film by Alain Cavalier based on a book by Françoise Sagan. 
Deneuve plays the part of a woman torn between a relationship with a businessman and a love affair with a young man.

1969 La Sirène du Mississippi

Film directed by François Truffaut 
Costumes for Catherine Deneuve by Yves Saint Laurent 
Cast Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, Nelly Borgeaud, Martine Ferrière, Marcel Berbert, Yves Drouhet, Michel Bouquet, Roland Thénot 

A romantic tale of an adventurous woman who falls in love with the man she is trying to swindle. 
Yves Saint Laurent designed a slew of costumes which reflected the intriguing personality of the character played by Catherine Deneuve.

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1970 Sylvie Vartan show

Théâtre de l'Olympia

Costumes Yves Saint Laurent. 

Opening acts les ballets de Jojo Smith, Voices of East Harlem

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1970 Revue Zizi Jeanmaire

Casino de Paris

Mise en scène Roland Petit.
Décors et costumes Yves Saint Laurent.

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