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Chanel Solitaire (1981)

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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George Kaczender

Writers:

Claude Delay (book), Julian More (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie-France Pisier ... Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel
Timothy Dalton ... Boy Capel
Rutger Hauer ... Etienne de Balsan
Brigitte Fossey ... Adrienne
Karen Black ... Emilienne d'Alençon
Leila Fréchet Leila Fréchet ... Young Coco Chanel
Philippe Nicaud Philippe Nicaud ... Gabrielle's Father
Alexandra Stewart ... Nathalie
Catherine Allégret ... Gabrielle's Friend
Hélène Vallier Hélène Vallier ... Aunt Louise
Marie-Hélène Dasté Marie-Hélène Dasté
Jean-Marie Proslier Jean-Marie Proslier ... Poiret
Lambert Wilson
Humbert Balsan Humbert Balsan ... Robert
Catherine Alcover Catherine Alcover ... Lady
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Storyline

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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A magányos Chanel See more »

Filming Locations:

Deauville 14, France See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Karen Black replaced Jeanne Moreau. See more »

Quotes

Etienne de Balsan: I picked the girl out of the gutter. I made a home for her. She was a nobody before she met me. I feel cheated by you.
Boy Capel: Etienne. You don't own her. She doesn't belong to you. Coco and I did nothing to be ashamed of. We love each other very much.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits play to a background of a fashion show in Chanel's glamorous Paris establishment. See more »

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Dalton and Hauer take turns with Pisier
26 May 1999 | by PVOMSee all my reviews

This is Hauer's first 100% English language film, following "Wilby" and "Soldier of Orange", so viewers are spared the generally atrocious dubbing. And what screen time Hauer has, mostly during the first half is amiable. Unfortunately, once Hauer's character walks the doldrums set in pretty quick. Although easily mistaken as a romance, it is a tale about loneliness. Chanel just made the wrong decision when it came to Dalton and Hauer.


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