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Coco Chanel [DVD]

Shirley MacLaine , Brigitte Boucher    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Brigitte Boucher, Alice Cambournac, Valentina Carnelutti, Cécile Cassel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: OMG!
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OQJSZE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,377 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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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.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little black dresses 16 Jun 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Coco Chanel has become a pretty popular subject for biopics in the last few years, and the first of them was the TV movie "Coco Chanel," which traces the legendary designer's rise from poverty to worldwide fame. Unfortunately, this movie doesn't do her justice -- it focuses more on Chanel's love affairs than her life as a businesswoman, and painstakingly whitewashes her personality.

It opens in the post-WWII period, when Coco Chanel (Shirley MacLaine) is attempting to stage a comeback as a dress designer, which sets her to thinking about the past.

As a young girl (Barbora Bobulova) was abandoned by her father, raised by nuns, and plucked from a tiny tailor's shop by the wealthy playboy Etienne, who installed her in a country estate as his mistress. During her time in the countryside, she became acquainted with the English polo player Boy Capel, who encouraged her when she became making hats -- and funded a hat shop after she left Etienne.

Of course, she and Boy eventually ended up lovers, but their passionate affair was interrupted when World War I broke out. While Boy fought in the trenches, Coco expanded her business to include jersey clothes tailored for women's comfort -- which launched her into fame and fortune, but of course romantic problems ensued.

"Coco Chanel" was released by the Lifetime Channel, and it doesn't surprise me. We've got a woman succeeding despite some cliche sexism, rotten men who done her wrong, melodramatic tragedy, soppy sentimentality and lots of love-life stuff. In fact, "Chanel the designer" takes backseat to "Chanel the naive romantic with extreme daddy issues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Should Coco! 7 April 2010
Format:DVD
An excellent production telling the story of an exceptional woman. My wife has watched it several times and has bought it for/recommended it to most of her friends. A great tale of a strong willed woman who made good through difficult times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dreadful.. 20 Nov 2013
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the only saving grace is the wonderful shirley maclaine..very poor acting by everyone else, terrible script and awful editing.
couldnt watch after 30mins
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like it a lot 3 Oct 2013
By pili
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Good movie And good quality too. No complaints. Great acting. To. Watch over And over again. Highly recommended for ladies
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Coco Chanel movie so far 27 Sep 2011
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My sister and I watched this movie on an Italian TV programme in 2009 and absolutely loved. My sister is a big fan of Coco Chanel and has got the 'Coco before Chanel' and 'Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky' movies but she likes this one the best. I couldn't take my eyes of the TV, it was so chatching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!! 27 April 2014
By Maggie
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If you like watching films with Shirley MacLaine, that's another one for you, you will not regret purchasing it for sure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 26 Mar 2014
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what a great movie, thought would be a bit of a chick-flick, how wrong I was. well worth watching Fantastic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay 19 Aug 2013
By merlin
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Not a bad film but I wasn't very keen on Shirley MacLaine palkaying coco.Not a part suited for her at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Little Orphan
I didn't get to watch it. It was part of a Christmas present for my niece who told me it was exxcellent
Published 5 months ago by Ms. G. P. Twiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome acting
Great portrayal of Chanel, gave a good insight to what her life , trials tribulations and character must have been like. Awesome woman, awesome DVD
Published 10 months ago by obui
4.0 out of 5 stars Mum's gift
Good present for my mum, who enjoyed the story. Good story-telling and entertaining to watch. Loved the production and background.
Published 14 months ago by Ashma Ponniah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Chanel lovers.
Bought this for my daughter to help for revision on Chanel, and she liked it. its also a good story about her life.
Published 14 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Coco Chanel DVD
An enchanting story with a sad ending, i.e .Boy Capel's death from a car accident. Concentrates more on Chanel's love life than her fashion designing, but having seen the movie on... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Caesar
4.0 out of 5 stars coco chanel
arrived on time. I have seen the other (French) version - coco before chanel, and this film is just as good. Loved it. Shirley plays the older Chanel looking back on her life. Read more
Published 15 months ago by EAP of B
3.0 out of 5 stars Chanel comes to life
Even though this is not the best "story" about Chanel's life it nevertheless tells the true story of the most famous fashion-designer in the world. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Charlotte Lewenhaupt
4.0 out of 5 stars great film
this is a great film and it came well within the expected time the picture quality was first class although the sound wasnt so good had to put my volume up to 35 but it didnt spoil... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Linda
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