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?
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
She was awesome in Amelie and even though Davinci code was a pretty crappy rendition I'm still a fan. My wifes a fashion designer too so I guess I'll definitely be watching this.
Pete on May 13, 2008
Wow, well done on one of the most condescending and blinkered opening paragraphs the site has ever had! I can only assume, and hope, it was meant to be ironic.
Robert on May 13, 2008
I'd Tap that ass!!!
REAL6 on May 13, 2008
Yeah, Pete, I was a little surprised by no mention of amelie in the article as well. She was brilliant in that film.
dRailer on May 13, 2008
I've seen many of Audrey Tautou's films including Amelie, Dirrty Pretty Things, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, L'auberge, and the Da Vince Code. She's, perhaps, one of my favorite actresses. In Amelie she was superb as the anti-social, sweet, woman that seemed to live in a land of fairy tales. In He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, we start believing that she's another sweet woman with a heart of gold only to find out that she's a psychopath and capable of murder. I will definitely watch this film if only to see her performance.
Freddie on May 13, 2008
Is this supposed to be an Oscar movie??? I really don't like the poster either, it makes it look like the title is just "Before Channel" or just "Coco" or maybe its just me.
Ryan on May 13, 2008
She is Stunning!
Scorpio on May 13, 2008
I really like Audrea, she is wonderful.
kay on May 21, 2008
It might be huge hit. Why because Tatou is an amzing actress and amelie put her on the map. AALso because first and foremost, Coco chanel has an amazing epic story that is quite romantically masculine. She is a very strong woman who was surrounded by powerful men in her early life. SO I think it might bring in more men to watch her play such a character. I mean, Coco could smoke, drink, and hunt with the best of them.
Le Dauphin de Mode on Sep 26, 2008
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