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It opens in the post-WWII period, when Coco Chanel (Shirley MacLaine) is attempting to stage a comeback as a dress designer, which sets her to thinking about the past.
As a young girl (Barbora Bobulova) was abandoned by her father, raised by nuns, and plucked from a tiny tailor's shop by the wealthy playboy Etienne, who installed her in a country estate as his mistress. During her time in the countryside, she became acquainted with the English polo player Boy Capel, who encouraged her when she became making hats -- and funded a hat shop after she left Etienne.
Of course, she and Boy eventually ended up lovers, but their passionate affair was interrupted when World War I broke out. While Boy fought in the trenches, Coco expanded her business to include jersey clothes tailored for women's comfort -- which launched her into fame and fortune, but of course romantic problems ensued.
"Coco Chanel" was released by the Lifetime Channel, and it doesn't surprise me. We've got a woman succeeding despite some cliche sexism, rotten men who done her wrong, melodramatic tragedy, soppy sentimentality and lots of love-life stuff. In fact, "Chanel the designer" takes backseat to "Chanel the naive romantic with extreme daddy issues.Read more ›
All this I'm willing to overlook, after all, this is a Hollywood product. What really bothered me was that the movie is advertised as having English subtitles, but they are nowhere to be found, and they are necessary in many scenes because the accent of the actress who played young Coco at times couldn't be understood no matter how many times you went back trying to figure out what she said.
Although I never bought Shirley McLaine as a French woman and the arbiter of French Fashion, she did a good job as usual.
All together, it's worth watching for the scenery and photography,and for those interested in fashion, the final fashion show at the end of the film was quite impressive.
Love the mix of fashion, romance, and struggle. Will watch it over and over. The actress who played Coco for most of the movie did an exceptional job.
Would still love to see a film/movie produced that captures Chanel's life and liaisons during and after World War II up to her death. This could have easily been accomplished in this film by cutting a few non-essential scenes and adding a few others. All I can say is I truly loved this film! I think it's pretty close to factual.
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I love MacLaine. I watched this every time it was on. And, finally I own it and t sits proudly with Diane Lane's GeorgiaPublished 5 days ago by Andrea L. Stoeckel
An interesting story about a dynamic woman played by the great Shirley McLaine.Published 6 months ago by N. McKay
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