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Coco Chanel (2008)

Shirley MacLaine , Brigitte Boucher , Christian Duguay  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Brigitte Boucher, Alice Cambournac, Valentina Carnelutti, Cécile Cassel
  • Directors: Christian Duguay
  • Writers: Carla Giulia Casalini, Enrico Medioli, James Carrington, Lea Tafuri
  • Producers: Corrado Trionfera, Daniele Passani, Elisabetta Iovene
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00279MJHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coco Chanel" on IMDb

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Behind-the-scenes featurette

Editorial Reviews

Lovers of fashion, Paris, and love will adore Coco Chanel, a stylish biopic about the legendary fashion designer whose incredible vision and style would go on to become one of the most influential of the 20th century. And while Coco (née Gabrielle) Chanel's focus on her work was undeniable, and expertly chronicled in Coco Chanel, so, too, are her passionate loves--giving the film its depth and humanity. Shirley MacLaine shines as the older Coco, looking back at her legacy from the middle of the century, with her longtime companion and No. 1 booster, Marc Bouchier (Malcolm McDowell), at her side. MacLaine is equal parts arrogant, dismissive, and steadfast in her objective--yet just vulnerable enough to let viewers see the real woman beneath the hard exterior of international success. The stunning cast includes the Czechoslovakian-born Barbora Bobulova as the young Coco--as gamine and winsome as the young Shirley MacLaine--a determined young woman willing to work hard in a man's field and stay true to her own vision. Fashion fans will love learning the story of Chanel's rise from her poor beginnings in an orphanage to her hardscrabble start as a seamstress in Paris, slowly making contacts (and charming dashing young gentlemen) and insinuating her idea of elegant chic into the minds of a populace hungry for it. Chanel's conception of a fashion empire included the then-revolutionary idea of incorporating other products, like perfume; the young Coco, in creating her signature scent, said when launching Chanel No. 5, "I am sure this will be my lucky number." The DVD includes a fascinating making-of feature that shows the details of shooting on location and how the filmmakers got the period details absolutely parfait. --A.T. Hurley

Product Description

Academy Award winning actress Shirley MacLaine stars as Coco Chanel in this critically acclaimed film that charts the rise of one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. From her humble childhood and early days as a young dressmaker's assistant, to her passionate love affair with a dashing Englishman and ultimate success as a pioneering fashion icon, Coco Chanel is the story of a glamorous woman who was hard to love and harder to ignore. Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominated, Coco Chanel is a must-see film for every lover of fashion and romance.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The strength of a woman, overcoming life's hard knocks December 30, 2008
Coco CHANEL became a courageous, confident, fiesty and brave young woman when she was orphaned after her monther died and her father left her and younger sister at a convent in France. This is a very interesting story, well directed, filmed in beautiful France which demonstrates how CoCo faced each and every hardship in her life with grace and confidence, giving her continued hope for her future. Above all the negative, jealous people, CoCo maintained her focus, her infamous style and her dignity.

A must-see for anyone interested in how CoCo Chanel started in fashion, and for young women to view ways of overcoming hardships in life.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Done......Amazing! June 1, 2009
I absolutely love this movie. i am so excited that is on dvd now. if you love fashion history then this is for you. if you love drama and romance then this is for you. if you're at all curious about this movie-just get it! it will not dissapoint you, i promise. this movie details what chanel is really about and how "it" came to be. it tells the story of coco's life starting from when she was a poor little girl in an orphanage to how her drive to succeed took her through many emotional and social challenges in order for her to become what "we" all know her as- "THE GREAT COCO CHANEL". Coco's stubbornness is both her gift and her downfall. I wont give anymore away-but that will become most evident throughout the whole movie.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little black dresses June 16, 2010
Coco Chanel has become a pretty popular subject for biopics in the last few years, and the first of them was the TV movie "Coco Chanel," which traces the legendary designer's rise from poverty to worldwide fame. Unfortunately, this movie doesn't do her justice -- it focuses more on Chanel's love affairs than her life as a businesswoman, and painstakingly whitewashes her personality.

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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware- No subtitles April 25, 2010
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This is an entertaining and beautifully produced film, perhaps not as factual as "Coco Before Chanel" and obviosly this DVD left out some scenes that could have helped to clarify certain points, such as who was Julia (In real life it was her older sister who remained in the orphanage, but how will you know if you haven't read Chanel's bio?) ) and who is that niece suppose to be? Adrienne's daughter? But Adrienne was not her sister, but her aunt (Her mother's youngest sister). And who is the baby that in one scene the Coco character takes to the orphanage?
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT MOVIE January 6, 2009
This movie has everything! A true dramatic story - fabulous actors - fabulous fashion! Olivier Sitruk (Boye) rates right up there with Colin Firth in Pride & Prejudice!! This will always be one of my favorites - can't wait to get it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coco Chanel September 29, 2009
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I loved this movie! I couldn't wait for the DVD to come out since e-bay people were trying to sell it for more than $150!!! Amazon had the best price for this DVD. I had seen it on television a few times but only got to see part of it each time. So that's why I bought the DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!!!! September 21, 2009
Absolutely loved this movie - One of my all time favorite films!
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
Bought this movie for my 11 year old daughter who is doing a class project. The film isn't bad it just could have been so much more. Read more
Published 13 days ago by William Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps ones interest and worth the money
I really loved this movie. McClaine makes a great old "Chanel!" I have seen the other version, too. This one is very much different in so many ways.
Published 14 days ago by Holycats
3.0 out of 5 stars Parlez Vous Francais?
I enjoyed the film thoroughly. My only disappointment was that no one spoke French. I was hoping for more "Frenchness", if you will.
Published 20 days ago by Judith Anne Milam
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the movie and have comments
I really did enjoy this movie because I love fashion, glamour, class, talented and inspiring people. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Marie K.
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it!!
This video is really entertaining, great performances by the actor and this versión of Coco Cganel's biography is really good. Rather romantic but not boring or lame. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Minerva Paredes Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good loved every minute
Loved every minute of this movie. She knew how to survive and make the most of what she had. Everyone should see it
Published 1 month ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabrielle Chanel
My new favorite Love Story. Plus, I'm a big Fashionista. I wish I could afford some of her clothing and accessories.

Published 1 month ago by India*
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Well done Shirley. This was a great look at the life of the great Coco Chanel. I really enjoyed the story and the fashion. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SuzeQ
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich with young Coco history
This movie reveals how Coco went from an orphanage to world reknowen exceptional designer and why she really never married.
Published 2 months ago by Diana Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Co Co Chanel dvd
Shirley MacLaine is never capable of giving a bad performance, and she doesn't let us down with her performance as co co Chanel.
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Published 3 months ago by Kalle Kennedy
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