Lovers of fashion, Paris, and love will adore Coco Chanel
, a stylish biopic about the legendary fashion designer whose incredible vision and style would go on to become one of the most influential of the 20th century. And while Coco (née
Gabrielle) Chanel's focus on her work was undeniable, and expertly chronicled in Coco Chanel
, so, too, are her passionate loves--giving the film its depth and humanity. Shirley MacLaine shines as the older Coco, looking back at her legacy from the middle of the century, with her longtime companion and No. 1 booster, Marc Bouchier (Malcolm McDowell), at her side. MacLaine is equal parts arrogant, dismissive, and steadfast in her objective--yet just vulnerable enough to let viewers see the real woman beneath the hard exterior of international success. The stunning cast includes the Czechoslovakian-born Barbora Bobulova as the young Coco--as gamine and winsome as the young Shirley MacLaine--a determined young woman willing to work hard in a man's field and stay true to her own vision. Fashion fans will love learning the story of Chanel's rise from her poor beginnings in an orphanage to her hardscrabble start as a seamstress in Paris, slowly making contacts (and charming dashing young gentlemen) and insinuating her idea of elegant chic into the minds of a populace hungry for it. Chanel's conception of a fashion empire included the then-revolutionary idea of incorporating other products, like perfume; the young Coco, in creating her signature scent, said when launching Chanel No. 5, "I am sure this will be my lucky number."--A.T. Hurley
Shirley MacLaine stars in this mini-series biopic of legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel. From her impoverished childhood to her meteoric rise to fame, her notoriously complicated love life and the advent of iconic products such as Chanel No. 5 perfume and the Chanel suit, the series shows how Coco Chanel overcame her humble beginnings and a traditionally male-dominated industry to revolutionise the world of fashion.