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Becoming Colette (1991)

At the turn of the century, Henri Gauthier-Villars, a notorious bachelor, marries the young country girl Gabrielle Colette and introduces her to debauched Parisian life. Gabrielle keeps a ... See full summary »

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Henri Gauthier-Villars
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John Van Dreelen ...
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Jockel Tschiersch
Franck Demules
Vincent Nadal
Maya Thebeault
Cécile Bois
Eva Probst
Patrick Fontana
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At the turn of the century, Henri Gauthier-Villars, a notorious bachelor, marries the young country girl Gabrielle Colette and introduces her to debauched Parisian life. Gabrielle keeps a diary of all her experiences, which Villars, the spendthrift heir to a publishing house, prints as the Claudine series under his pen-name of "Willy". Villars sets up a threesome with Gabrielle and Polaire, one of his mistresses, but the women become lovers and allies. Gabrielle finally becomes fed up with the duplicity of Villars, and publishes her books under her own name "Colette". Written by Will Gilbert

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Rated R for strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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6 November 1992 (USA)  »

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$218,316 (USA)
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Final film of John Van Dreelen. See more »

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There Was A Time
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11 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a fine little film. Pretty straightforward story of a young girl in turn of the century France whose family marries her off to an older man, a philandering publisher. he introduces her to the wicked ways of swinging Paris, and she takes to the life.

Her writer father has taught her from an early age to keep a journal, and when her husband stumbles upon it he publishes it, giving the writing credit to himself.

Through her acquaintance with writers, actors, singers and dancers, the bohemian intelligentsia, she reclaims her writing as her own, becomes Colette.

great cast. The lovely Mathilda May, Virginia Madsen and Klaus Maria Brandauer. Directed by Danny Huston. A treat. Reminded me a little of Henry and June, which I notice came out the year before. Maybe that is why no one has heard of this one.


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