Deputy editor of Vogue Paris and editor in chief of Vogue Hommes (and one of my personal style inspirations ), French fashion editor Olivier Lalanne shares his 15 favorite films with commentary here:
1. Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai, 1997) 2. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999) 3. Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017) 4. What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Pedro Almodóvar, 1984) 5. Se7en (David Fincher, 1995)
6. La piscine (Jacques Deray, 1969) 7. American Gigolo (Paul Schrader, 1980) 8. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, 1991) 9. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997) 10. Ménage (Bertrand Blier, 1986)
11. Mommy (Xavier Dolan, 2014) 12. Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1986) 13. Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello, 2014) 14. Delusions of Grandeur (Gérard Oury, 1971) 15. Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears, 1988)
Good list! My favs are Se7en and Dangerous Liaisons....... tho the most surprising and glad-to-see addition is Menage! That isn't one of the usual mentions when it comes to Blier..... it's an interesting one, well played, barely 80min, going much further in its concept than you'd think.
Definitely screams French fashion editor . Love the list btw, the inclusion of What Have I Done to Deserve This stand out in particular, an early film that indicates how effortlessly Almodovar juggles what looks like a crowded plot without a hint of struggle, it is one of his best that criticizes the downfall of the european socialist class system, maybe a narrative thread within some of the films on the list.
Saint Laurent, CMBYN and Mommy also among my favourites of the previous decade.
'There's a terror in knowing what the world is about'
When you consider that he's a fashion editor, many of those picks make sense.
What are some of your favorites of the list?
Mine are definitely La piscine and Dangerous Liaisons.
I always thought the Virgin Suicides was a cool movie. That's the one I would watch first from the list. Seven I regard as one of the best serial killer movies (and now that I think about it, Fincher topped himself with Zodiac). And La piscine as well but only because Alain and Romy are so fire together in it. That film definitely goes back to my post as appealing to a French fashion editor. I mean, just look at it.