Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

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  1. 42 of 44 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
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    J. J. Sigler “Paris Muse” (Paris FRANCE) –
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    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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  2. 24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfectly Done……Amazing!, June 1, 2009
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    L. C. Fox “L. C. Fox” (Wheeling, WV USA) –
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    This review is from: Coco Chanel (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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  3. 17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Little black dresses, June 16, 2010
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    E. A Solinas “ea_solinas” (MD USA) –
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    This review is from: Coco Chanel (DVD)
    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.”

    And it painstakingly whitewashes the seedier aspects of Chanel’s life — her life as a professional mistress is depicted as being purely based on LUVLUVLUV, and her involvement with the Nazis is completely ignored.

    Christian Duguay does a decent job as a director when he simply sticks to telling a life story, such as showing Chanel’s growing success as a designer and her increasingly hardened personality. But when he tries more dramatic tacks (the whole “tango” scene), it ends up being insanely cheesy. I ended up giggling through the entire “white scarf” scene after a fatal car accident, because it was so horrendously mawkish.

    The acting (not to mention the French accents) are a mixed bag as well. Barbora Bobulova is excellent as the young Chanel — she’s chic, striking and a very good actress, and manages to make you feel for Chanel despite her painful naivete. And there are some good supporting work by Olivier Sitruk and Valentina Lodovini. Too bad MacLaine sleepwalks through her role as “old Chanel,” which mostly involves fighting with Malcolm MacDowell and grinding out complaints in a gravelly monotone.

    “Coco Chanel” spends more time on the designer’s love life than her life as an individual, and whitewashes anything that isn’t pretty. Bobulova is excellent as Chanel, and it’s too bad she couldn’t have played her in a better movie.

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