First Look: Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel
by Alex Billington
May 13, 2008
This is yet another post specifically for the ladies. French actress Audrey Tautou, who is known by most Americans as Sophie Neveu in The Da Vinci Code, is next starring as the legendary French fashion designer Coco Chanel. Unless you're truly familiar with haute couture, most men probably don't know who she is in the slightest, but to women, she's one of the most profound fashion designers in history whose name has become one of the most desired brands in expensive fashion today. Filmmaker Anne Fontaine is currently making a biopic about Coco, now officially titled Coco Before Chanel, that tells the story of her life in Paris before she became the famous fashion designer. Straight from France, we have our first look at Tautou as Coco Chanel on a poster for the film.
In an orphanage, silently standing next to a perfectly made bed, is a frail and slender ten year old girl with thick black hair. Gabrielle Chanel, known as Coco, and her many lives. The story of the path taken by Coco from her obscure beginnings to the blinding lights of Paris. "It isn't really a biopic because it is about Chanel before she became famous, it is about the events and people that shaped her." The script was written by both Anne Fontaine and the film's creative consultant, Christopher Hampton, and was adapted from the Chanel biography "L'Irreguliere" by Edmonde Charles-Roux.
I'm not actively interested in this film, per se, but I won't deny that I have an interest in Audrey Tautou, because she's both gorgeous and talented, and I'm curious to see if this could turn into anything worthwhile. It's gaining quite a bit of buzz purely based on the fact that the Chanel brand is so powerful and Coco Chanel herself is so beloved. I'll definitely follow its progression, but I wouldn't say this is anything that's destined to be a huge hit - especially with most males. Does this sound like an interesting project to anyone else out there?