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Coco Chanel (2008) Movie Review

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Coco Chanel movie stars Shirley MacLaine.

Coco Chanel movie stars Shirley MacLaine.

Coco Chanel Film From Director Christian Duguay

Coco Chanel is an entertaining period movie, which looks into Coco Chanel's early years as remembered by Mademoiselle Chanel herself near the end of her life.

Featuring Shirley Maclaine, Barbora Bobulova and Malcolm McDowell, it shares a little about the life of the woman who created the little black dress, the Chanel suit and Chanel No. 5 and the history of both the time period and the fashions of that era.

People who enjoy fashion, history and romance movies will enjoy Coco Chanel, a 2008 Lifetime made-for-television story for which MacLaine received a Golden Globe nomination.

The Making of Coco Chanel Movie Trailer

This movie, the 2008 version of Coco Chanel, shares the life of this incredible fashion designer who was one of the most influential stylists in the 20th century. We know that Coco Chanel was passionate about her work but, after you watch this movie, you will know that she was passionate about her loves, too.

Shirley MacLaine plays the part of the aged Coco who is reflecting on the legacy she has left behind with her friend, Marc Bouchier (played by Malcolm McDowell.) MacLaine's version of Coco is, as one writer says, "equal parts arrogant, dismissive, and steadfast' but also vulnerable, once we meet the real woman.

The cast also features Barbora Bobulova, who plays a young Coco, pursuing her passion.

Whether or not you love fashion but particularly if you are intrigued by it, you will enjoy learning about Coco Chanel's life from her childhood in an orphanage, to her seamstress years, to becoming a well-known celebrity in the fashion world and finally, to her old age.

Unable to find a typical movie trailer, I found, instead this one in which Shirley MacLaine describes the making of Coco Chanel. It is a bit longer than an ordinary trailer and a bit different but it does offer a peek into the making of Coco Chanel, the movie.

Fast Facts About Director Christian Duguay's 2008 Coco Chanel Film

  • ACTORS: Shirley Maclaine, Barbora Bobulova and Malcolm McDowell
  • DIRECTORS: Christian Duguay
  • WRITERS: Carla Giulia Casalini, Enrico Medioli, James Carrington, Lea Tafuri
  • PRODUCERS: Corrado Trionfera, Daniele Passani, Elisabetta Iovene
  • STUDIO: Screen Media
  • DVD RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2009
  • RUN TIME: 139 minutes
  • RATING: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

My Review of Coco Chanel in 100 Words or Less

Of late, there have been a few movies made about the life of 'Coco Chanel.' I have yet to see the others although they are now on my list of movies that I would like to see.

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This movie about Coco Chanel was an entertaining, historical film that I enjoyed. I am in no way a fashionista but rather I am ordinarily a jeans and t-shirt type of person but I do enjoy the history of fashion and period movies and I did enjoy this one, particularly the parts that occurred when Chanel was a younger woman.

I was less keen about Shirley MacLaine's role and found it detracted rather than added to the movie. Her performance did receive mixed reviews in the press. However, I thought the rest of the cast, in particular Barbora Bobulova and Olivier Sitruk, were extremely well played.

Reviews Of Coco Chanel By The Experts

  • Coco Chanel Movie Review
    "COCO CHANEL begins with the fashion icon (deftly played by Shirley MacLaine) in her twilight years, steeped in wealth and fame, still issuing game-changing designs and collections."
  • Shirley MacLaine in 'Coco Chanel' TV review
    "This really is Bobulova's film, billing notwithstanding, and she makes a lovely Gabrielle. She easily convinces us of the young woman's determination, stubbornness and deep longing for love and faithfulness. The supporting cast is equally fine, espe
  • Coco Chanel Review By The New York Times
    "The film, to be shown Saturday, begins with Gabrielle Chanel at 71, during her critically disastrous 1954 comeback show, and recounts her life in a series of flashbacks that portray it as one long, continuous attempt to travel to the other side of t

More Reviews

As always, I look to the customer reviews to see what they think about Coco Chanel and I find comments like that of Cynthia who says that this movie has dramatic story, fabulous actors and fabulous fashion. L.C. Fox says that if you love the history of fashion or romance stories, then you will love Coco Chanel. Finally, J.J. Sigler called it a very interesting story saying that it was well directed and beautifully filmed in France. He closes with "Above all the negative, jealous people, CoCo maintained her focus, her infamous style and her dignity."

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Does this Coco Chanel movie interest you?

TransplantedSoul on September 04, 2013:

It is rare to find a movie that captures the true essence of an individual and a nation like this.

jadehorseshoe on January 12, 2012:

I liked it a lot. My GF fell asleep.

Jennifer Alison Emmer from San Jose, California on August 04, 2011:

Yes, it sure does. I've seen all of them! ;-) ~Jennifer [PS: Check out my Coco lens ;-) ]

religions7 on September 05, 2010:

Sounds like the kind of movie I'd love - even though I'm also more of a jeans and tshirts kind of person :)

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