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For the most part, short films and ads for fashion house tend to be pretty empty, boasting lots of flash and big stars, but little in the way of substance. But icon Karl Lagerfeld is hoping to turn that notion on its head with "Once Upon A Time...," an 18-minute complete short film, starring Keira Knightley (chosen by Lagerfeld to be the face of Coco Mademoiselle) and boasting an actual story, to go with some impressive production values. Co-starring Clotilde Hesme and model Brad Kroenig among others, the film finds Knightley playing Coco Chanel herself, in the beginning of her career as she's just beginning to make a name for herself. It's pretty whimsical stuff, in some nicely rendered black-and-white (solid set design too), aided by music from the opera "Tosca," and you're unlikely to see anything this year where hats feature so prominently. A cut above the usual, this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've already had two recent films about the life of one of France's greatest fashion icons -- "Coco Before Chanel" as well as "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" -- but she's a figure that continues to fascinate, and now none other than Karl Lagerfeld will pay tribute, this time with the help of his 'muse' (one of many) Keira Knightley. The actress -- personally chosen by Lagerfeld to be the face of Coco Mademoiselle -- stars in "Once Upon A Time..." a new short film celebrating the 100th anniversary of the fashion house. Lagerfeld gets behind the camera for the film, which is shot in black-and-white and seems at first glance to owe a good deal to "The Artist." Not much in the way of dialogue, but that's made up for thanks to, as you might expect, some beautiful sets, costumes and music from the opera "Tosca." Clotilde Hesme and model »
- Kevin Jagernauth
British actor will feature in film directed by Chanel's head designer to mark 100th anniversary of French fashion house
The British actor will play Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in the film to mark the French fashion house's 100th anniversary. It will be filmed in the chic seaside town of Deauville, where the first Chanel boutique opened in 1913, financed by her lover Captain Arthur "Boy" Capel, a wealthy British aristocrat.
The cast also includes model Stella Tennant and actor Tallulah Harlech, daughter of Lagerfeld's longtime friend and collaborator Lady Amanda Harlech.
Lagerfeld, Chanel's head designer, has ordered the building of "detailed retro sets" in the seaside resort where, in the days before she became an international success, Chanel used to send her sister, Antoinette, and aunt, Adrienne, »
- Kim Willsher
In what will be the first fully-subtitled drama to air on the UK’s Channel 4 in 20 years, the net has acquired premiere broadcast rights to French supernatural series Les Revenants. Zodiak is handling international sales on the thriller that was produced by Haut et Court for Canal Plus and originally aired to record numbers last fall. The show, re-titled Rebound in the UK, centers on a group of people in a small Alpine village who find themselves in a state of confusion, trying to return to their homes. What they don’t yet know is that they’ve been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. Fabrice Gobert created the show based on the 2004 feature Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Celine Sallette, Frederic Pierrot, Samir Guesmi and Guillaume Gouix star. The UK is no stranger to subtitled fare – BBC Four airs »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
4 items from 2013
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