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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:

UK | France | USA

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Proportionately, this film spent more on its costumes than any other. From a production budget of seven million dollars, over one million dollars of that went on costumes. See more »

Quotes

Etienne de Balsan: You work too hard.
Boy Capel: You work too never. Look, I won't be a moment. Saddle up some horses and we'll go for a ride.
Etienne de Balsan: Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.
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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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The life of Coco Chanel, focusing on her love affair with Boy Chapel.
6 February 2005 | by keegan-10See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite movies. It is about the life and loves of an amazing woman-Coco Chanel- who rose from the bottom with no family or financial support and became one of the most legendary of all our creative icons. It is a very romantic story, sad and full of longing and yet very satisfying. I've seen it many times; I should probably buy it. Also, the music is perfectly paired with the emotional tone of intense longing and loneliness. I loved it. If you enjoy period pieces, as I do, and are a romantic, you will probably love this film. This is one of the first English films made with Rutgar Hauer and, in my opinion, he has never been better. His career really went downhill after this was made. He should've stayed with small, independent, thoughtful films like Chanel Solitaire.


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