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Out of Fashion: “Coco Before Chanel”

Out of Fashion: "Coco Before Chanel"

Following in the footsteps of the unfortunate Jane Austen biopic Becoming Jane, Anne Fontaine’s glossy period piece Coco Before Chanel focuses exclusively on the youthful romances of a fascinating, independent woman in the years before her professional success. For this approach, the intention, or excuse, seems to be that in looking at her origins we will begin to understand the seeds of her artistic temperament, and that this is somehow more valuable than a glimpse into her actual process. Aside from this being a relatively specious, and utterly conventional, approach to hagiography, in each cases it also reduces a real-life woman to a sexist psychological dead end: they become defined only in terms of the men they have loved and lost.

Click here to read the rest of Michael Koresky’s review of Coco Before Chanel.

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