Chanel Solitaire (1981)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  12 October 1983 (France)
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The film tells the story of the early life and rise to fame and fortune of French fashion designer Coco Chanel, beginning with her upbringing in an orphanage and training as a milliner, but... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leila Fréchet ...
Philippe Nicaud ...
Gabrielle's Father
Alexandra Stewart ...
Catherine Allégret ...
Gabrielle's Friend
Hélène Vallier ...
Aunt Louise
Marie-Hélène Dasté
Jean-Marie Proslier ...
Humbert Balsan ...
Catherine Alcover ...


The film tells the story of the early life and rise to fame and fortune of French fashion designer Coco Chanel, beginning with her upbringing in an orphanage and training as a milliner, but concentrating on her relationship with Etienne de Balsan and her tempestuous love affair with his friend Boy Capel, and the role the two men played in setting her up as an independent business woman.

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Fashion made her famous - only one man made her cry.


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Release Date:

12 October 1983 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A magányos Chanel  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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Proportionately, this film spent more on its costumes than any other. From a production budget of $7 million, over $1 million of that went on costumes. See more »


Emilienne d'Alençon: [recognizing the man accompanying Coco Chanel] Small demi-monde, *hein*?
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The opening credits play to a background of a fashion show in Chanel's glamorous Paris establishment. See more »

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It's like a Romance novel of a film
27 August 2004 | by (New York NY) – See all my reviews

This is good, romantic movie; what they used to call a "woman's picture" back in the 40''s like reading a good romance novel and really takes you out of yourself while you're watching it. Yeah, sure, the movie's facts aren't strictly true to the real life facts about Coco Chanel; sometimes the plot has holes bigger than Swiss cheese, AND Timothy Dalton is a bit woody in my opinion, but I dare you not to have a tear in your eye at the (bitter) end. Marie-France Pisier never looked prettier & her performance is top-notch, and oh yeah, Rutger Hauer never looked prettier either. I personally think his performance here as the charmer who initially seduces Coco is one of his best; certainly he's very warm & playful -- not a psycho or weirdo for once.

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