New French film puts the Coco into Chanel

Audrey Tautou and director Anne Fontaine discuss Coco Before Chanel.Abandoned by her parents and brought up in an orphanage, Gabrielle Coco Chanel went on to build, arguably, the world’s most famous fashion house. So it is a bit of a surprise that only one film, 1982’s Coco Solitaire, has been made about Chanel’s life. Until now. This year, not one, but three movies are ready to be added to that collection. The made-for US TV film, Coco Chanel, starring Shirley MacLaine, the as-yet-unreleased Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky movie, which closed this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and the French film Coco Before Chanel (Coco Avant Chanel) which opens in the UK this week. As the title would suggest, the latter movie focuses on Chanel’s life before she became a famous designer.


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