First Trailer for 'Colette' Starring Keira Knightley as a Talented Author
"Since when you have considered scandal to be a bad thing." Bleecker Street Films has released the first official trailer for the indie drama Colette, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Colette is the latest film from filmmaker Wash Westmoreland (Quinceañera, Still Alice) and it stars Keira Knightley as a talented author. She marries a successful Parisian writer, who asks her to help ghost write for him. The novel she writes becomes a huge success, but she struggles to maintain her name known as the original writer, fighting against gender norms and stereotypes. The full cast includes Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw, Ray Panthaki, Aiysha Hart, Denise Gough, Robert Pugh, and Masayoshi Haneda. This looks like an empowering story of feminism and sexuality, for sure. Take a look.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Wash Westmoreland's Colette, direct from YouTube:
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley) is suddenly transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. Colette is directed by English filmmaker Wash Westmoreland, director of the films The Fluffer, Quinceañera, The Last of Robin Hood, and Still Alice previously, as well as many music videos. The screenplay is written by Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Wash Westmoreland. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Bleecker Street will release Colette in select theaters starting September 21st this fall. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
It's interesting to see that filmmakers don't really have so much passion when it comes to the social justice. Oppression of women, of homosexuals, that's everywhere nowadays, but not much about people who are poor. No special and uplifting stories there, right?
shiboleth on Jul 11, 2018
Again, you're right about that Bo, but also, that's not all what I meant. In fact, this story doesn't have to be bad, not at all. But, all I see is a mediocre repeating of motives and stories seen before, so I say something about and against it. I watch many different films, some of them are obviously not American ones (which I also respect) and I get a bit annoyed by the percentage of commodified nature of these American ones. Since, what I see is a lot of money put in these films but also a mind of teenager, being on the verge of mental health sometimes, that is making them. As you say so often, a very low common denominator in poor choosing the motives and subjects even when there's an engaging idea but wasted for the sake of industry that will have to lose its grip on audience. Hopefully and preferably, better sooner than later ... cheers back ...
shiboleth on Jul 12, 2018
In fact, I didn't want to offend anybody, but American films are sometimes some kind offense for a mentally healthy people. And I just couldn't resist to say it. Not that other regions in the world don't have their share of bad films, but nobody puts as much money in them and in their advertising as Americans do ... Anyway, I'm glad I made you smile...
shiboleth on Jul 12, 2018
Looks good. We've seen this story play out a number of times in other films. Keira looks like she will be turning in a very solid performance. And West looks to finally be in something really good.
DAVIDPD on Jul 12, 2018
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