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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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Karen Black replaced Jeanne Moreau. See more »

Quotes

Boy Capel: I came to tell you that I was wrong. I want you back.
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel: You want me back? I never went anywhere.
Boy Capel: How long has that been going on?
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel: You have no right to ask. But I am going to tell you something. She is not the only one. I have lots of other lovers. I have everything now. Love. And success. My life is fulfilled and I don't need you anymore.
Boy Capel: You call a succession of men and women love? Does it make you happy?
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel: At least it doesn't make me unhappy.
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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 sjm337161753See all my reviews

This is good, romantic movie; what they used to call a "woman's picture" back in the 40's...it'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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