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Coco Chanel

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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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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

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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: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00279MJHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coco Chanel" on IMDb

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By L. C. Fox on June 1, 2009
Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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A well directed true story, well acted, with superb music about one of the world's greatest designers. I have watched this dvd several times since purchasing it and it somehow just keeps getting better and better.
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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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Of the on screen biographies of Coco Chanel's life, I think this one is my favorite. It does an excellent job of hitting the most important points of Chanel's life and centers in on her relationship with the love of her life, Boy Capel. I especially liked learning about where Chanel got her ideas for her designs. If you have an interest in Chanel's life and her fashion designs, I think you will like this movie.
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A must see for aspiring designers and those with careers in women's retail fashion. I won't go into the timeline story, as it is covered in several previous comments. The filming was exceptional, the music is beautiful and the acting quite good with mostly Italian actors. The viewer gets a glimpse into the challenges and successes of Chanel's life. Her original quotes throughout the film are inspiring and depict her resilient but often shrewd nature. My only comment would have been for the older Chanel, played by Shirley MacClaine, to have had a slight French accent, even if not perfect. Despite this, MacClaine projected the mature Chanel character quite well through her mannerisms.

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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