Thursday, January 20, 2011

Watch This! : Coco Before Chanel

Welcome to this winter's film series here at sara-sundries, Watch This!

Tune in each Thursday for the next eight weeks to see more of my eclectic, somewhat quirky movie picks for you to enjoy on DVD, Blu-Ray, On Demand, Netflix streaming....however you do it these days. But rest assured you won't need to leave the comfort of your own home (which is nice in the wintertime) because I doubt any of these flix will still be showing in theaters.

Today's offering, Coco Before Chanel.

When Valerie was born, and fashion mags were banned from our home, I had been subscribing to Vogue for over twenty years. Not only subscribing, but reading it cover to cover. I used to be totally up on what was going on in the world of fashion (well, according to Anna Wintour, most recently, but more on that next week...). I used to dream of someday buying one piece of haute couture.

Moving on. Coco Chanel was an amazing visionary. She took what was expected in women's clothing and completely turned it on it's ear. If it weren't for her, we might still be wearing corsets. (Maybe that wouldn't be so bad for a mama who finds it nearly impossible to find time for exercise.)

My one beef with the movie is that the lovely and super-talented Audrey Tautou (you've seen Amelie, haven't you??--which is perfect for Valentine's Day, by the way), who plays Chanel, seems to have the same sour expression for the entire film. But maybe that is what Coco was like. You'll see. (And I'll have to read C.C.'s biography to really know.)

P.S. You can see more of my movie suggestions in my "Saturday on DVD" (the title for last winter's series) and "movies" sections (see sidebar at right).

P.P.S. Let me know how you liked the movie by leaving a comment. And please let me in on your fave films!


  1. This sounds good....I remember the days when I used to read Mademoiselle cover-to-cover (I'm not even sure that mag is even around any more). And of course, Glamour, Seventeen and Vogue. No more....No time. I'll have to see if I can get ahold of this film. I-tunes maybe?

  2. I loved Ameilie and have it taped for Valentine's day! Haven't seen this one yet, my daughter would love it as she is so into fashion right now.

  3. I saw this movie and loved it as well! Nothing like a gutsy, artistic woman! And now that you mention Audrey Tatou's sour expression throughout the film, I totally see what you are talking about!