Wasn't Oscar material (the film, I mean) but it certainly had the 'best-dressed' movie attendance. This is the controversial poster banned in France (because they have embraced a non-smoking law that also seems to apply to posters) but used in Asia, the last stronghold of smoking.
YES, We got given Coco Pops (corn). Isn't this cute? Of course we had a choice of sweet or salty. They also put a bottle of fizzy water in every seat but without a Chanel bottle holder which they did last time at the couture.
And this is what we got for braving the rains---a sample of Chanel No5. I think the taitais got a nicer gift (of course!) which I think could have been a pillow or large scarf because they had huge bags! Ah--what money can buy!!
(Meanwhile, those who attended the Tiffany's lunch received--get this---a single, miniscule diamond on a chain)
My movie review:
The movie is good but not great, meaning I don't think this is going to win any best picture or best screenplay awards. BUT the film wins by sheer marketing genius. Even if it was not bankrolled by the Chanel company (but they lent them the apartment and clothes) and the set-design was not spectacular because of the period of her life this film covered, it will be a blockbuster in cinemas simply because---WHO DOESN'T OWN AT LEAST ONE THING FROM CHANEL--even if it is just a lipstick? Now that's the market.
(Another personality doing a movie 'about fashion' is Tom Ford)
Take note that the movie title is Coco AVANT Chanel which means the beautiful clothes we know and love don't come out until an hour and half into the film. Meanwhile, you can go through your wardrobe and decide what to wear when the clothes get better which is after the billiards scene. They get even better after Boy Capel dies but by that time it will be the end of the film and the parade of clothes comes down from the mirrored stairway.
Lessons we all can learn from this film aside from independence and hard work:
1) Straight guys don't really care what you wear except perhaps if they are French. In fact, if you dress like a tomboy, they'll probably like it better. (See Boy Capel's reaction to Chanel's early versions of her polished look we know today)
2) A wealthy man is useless if he doesn't let you spend HIS money. (The HK Chinese have a term for this "A safe without the key") Notice that Chanel left the manoir of Etienne Balsan in the same ratty suit she arrived in. Clearly he added nothing to her wardrobe.
3) It's usually better to be a mistress because you get the man (sometimes) and the money (all the time) without the social responsibiltiy. On their first weekend away, Boy Capel takes Chanel to a haberdashery and notions shop to buy fabric. This is probably akin to getting a new dress from Bergdorf's (NOT from the Fifth Floor).
4) Marry for money and it will be very hard work 24/7.
Marry for love and it will be heartache..if not most of the time, eventually.
You do the math. Just make sure you have a key to the safe.