Colette

Colette

DVD - 2018
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After marrying 'Willy', a successful Parisian writer, Colette is transplanted to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation, inspiring additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.
Published: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA COL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 115 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Colette (Motion picture).

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SAPL454
May 13, 2019

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E. This is a dazzling tale(based upon true events) of a famous 19th century French(from France) writer who overcome many obstacles in her life.

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PG.14+

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2019

Liked the 2019 "The Wife," but this bio-drama on the early life of the eclectic French novelist Colette (mime and actress as well) is far more interesting and entertaining because of its complex characters, great acting by both Keira Knightley and Dominic West, beautiful period costumes, liberated European women, lyrical dialogue, relevant today and based on real people ... and not a long cigarette commercial as "The Wife."

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empbee
Apr 20, 2019

Entertaining, good acting by the attractive Keira Knightley as the writer whose talent had been used by her not so talented husband. The movie touches on the social, sexual changes in the early twentieth century France.

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conicassity
Apr 12, 2019

Any biopic that makes me want to learn more about the people is a good one. This was a small slice of a pivotal period in one woman's life. Condensed and simplified for dramatic effect as one would expect when confronted with the limitations inherent in film. The costuming was magnificent, the performances felt very personal and genuine. I recommend this film as a good starting point to learn more about a magnificent individual.

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anonymouswe
Apr 03, 2019

I settled on 3 stars because the film was very uneven: story-telling, acting, it suffered a bit from director/producer schizophrenia it turns out.
Story-telling: the film is a story about a real woman's life, but essentially this boils down to showing the horrors you live when you choose to live a life of open marriage (sexually). It does not make a statement about this (for example, there is no statement about whether the destroyed relationships are the inevitable result of highly immoral people who would be willing to enter an open marriage, or whether the open marriage causes such a decay in morality that you inevitable end up treating each other horribly), but it is the story you see unfold. At the same time, the director clearly is trying to make an empowerment film about open sexuality, adultery, homosexuality, cross-dressing, transgenderism and so forth. (spoiler-alert: you know this because the Director tells you as much in one of the special features.) Country living is contrasted with city living. Marriage is contrasted with adulterous experimentation. But no one here is empowered. spoiler-alert: They all end up sad and hurt/damaged in the end.
Acting: the two main leads did very well, I thought. Great performances from them. But many of the supporting characters were incredibly uneven. There was even one character (minor role) who was so stiff and wooden, that I wondered how he got that part. There was a significant supporting role where the actor's performance was underwhelming as a result as well. While watching, I was a bit distracted by these performance. Then I understood how this happened listening to the director in one of the supporting roles. In reaction to a few white actors being cast in a few historically Asian roles in completely unrelated films, the Director took it upon himself to cast "black actors in roles of white people" and to cast "lesbians as straight women." This decision of course limited the director in who he was able to cast, and unfortunately instead of finding whomever he thought would give the best performance, he wanted to find lesbians to play the straight women, and the performances suffered because he discriminated based on race and sexual orientation.
The story is a quite incredible story, and true and believable. And the main leads gave great performances. Unfortunately, the film did suffer from sub-par supporting performances and from a very inconsistent direction. For those reasons, I am giving it 3 stars.

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poodlegirl
Apr 02, 2019

Well done biography (What has Keira Knightley ever failed at???). It's based on a true story and a woman who was a brilliant artist and her story of becoming herself. The actual Colette was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.

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gloogai
Mar 29, 2019

Was this movie really about gender flexibility? Or something else?

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vickmeister
Mar 25, 2019

Well-done period drama exploring the complex and for the times radical life of French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Towards the end of the 19th century, nature-loving Sidonie is married off to "Willy" and transported from her rural home in France to Paris, then in the throes of the Belle Epoque as artistes and writers ruled the salons hosted throughout the city. Well-known as a writer and critic, most of Willy's work is actually ghost-written by others, and his lavish spending habits keep him one step ahead of his creditors. At one crucial point he suggests that the verbally clever Sidonie have a bash at writing a book for him. The result is the smash hit "Claudine at School," which takes Paris by storm with its catchy prose and erotic subtext. When the book becomes a series, as Willy's acclaim grows, so does Sidonie's frustration, as her works thrill Parisiens while her independence begins to flower and her marriage falls apart. Soon she is simply "Colette," an artist finding her own way and exploring her sexuality against the limits of her era. Engrossing and well-acted with beautiful sets and scenery. The sexual experiences may be too graphic for some.

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21221018293347
Mar 24, 2019

There was a theme to my movie watching evening. (The Wife then Collette) Another great performance by Kiera Knightley. She does period pieces very well. A strong female character before when being a strong female character was not an easy thing.

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Nursebob
Mar 23, 2019

Middling Hollywood-style biopic rich in period detail but content to embellish surface details alone. In fin-de-siècle Paris country waif Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette makes a name for her husband by writing a series of racy novels under his name (female authors considered publishing poison at the time). But as their private life begins to reflect that of her liberated heroine—they both share a lover, she explores her bi side—Sidonie, now calling herself Colette, begins to chafe at the constraints placed upon her especially after her husband commits the ultimate betrayal. As the titular protagonist Keira Knightley huffs, puffs, and pouts in what is sure to be an Oscar-nominated performance while Dominic West as her rakish husband plays the male chauvinist foil. Wonderfully detailed but ultimately the type of pedestrian “film with a message” that wins Audience Favourite awards from people who don’t get out to the movies much.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2019

Very pretty and quotable script, just samples herein:

You found me when I knew nothing. You molded me to your own designs, to your desires. And you thought that I could never break free. Well, you're wrong. Claudine is dead now. She's gone. You betrayed her. And I... I have outgrown her.
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I've missed you.
- No, you haven't.
Of course I have. Your ambiguous smile, your lightning intelligence, your capricious joys. Even your brief but violent furies.
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"Is that you there all alone under that ceiling, booming and vibrating under the feet of the dancers? Why are you there all alone? And why not somewhere else?" Yes, this is the dangerous, lucid hour. Now, whenever I despair, I no longer expect my end, but some bit of luck, some commonplace little miracle which, like a glittering link, will mend again the necklace of my days.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2019

My name is Claudine. I live in Montigny. I was born there in 1873. I shall probably not die there.
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I don't know why you're so keen on nature. Animals are vile to each other.
-Animals are honest at least. They never lie.
Yes, my dear. Well, that's because they don't speak.
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"Claudine is a girl from a small village, yet she is all of us. Feisty, opinionated,
selfish, and sensual... She astounds us with her moxie, her desires, and her crimes. It took an extraordinary man to define this modern young woman."
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So, do you like it?
-It's indescribable.
No such word. A good writer should be able to describe anything no matter what.
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She's a wayward debutante from Louisiana who married a munitions magnate three times her age.
-They sound dull.
He is, but she's anything but.
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When you raise your eyelids, it's as if you are taking off all my clothes.
-Don't look away. Look at me. Look at me looking at you.
You have the most beautiful teeth.
-Like an alligator.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2019

But you have to understand, this is what men do. We're the weaker sex. We don't have your strength. We're slave to our urges.
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Did you ever feel like you were playing a part, Sido?
-In what way?
As a wife. Or a mother. Like you were just going through with it.
-Sometimes, as a wife. Never as a mother.
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A novel by Willy grips you from chapter one, whereas yours... There's too many adjectives. And some of the characters are interesting, but... it's too cloying. It's too feminine.
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You may remember a little verse about coveting other men's wives.
-And you may remember one about not trying to remove a speck from your brother's eye with a log in your own.
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Your jealousy is misplaced.
- How so?
It was the wife I found interesting.
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"It's a lovely spring morning." You know, liven it up a bit. How about, "Perhaps it's the season. It's glorious. The sap is rising almost indecently."

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2019

I must get used to marriage.
-Better to make marriage get used to you.
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You mean more to me than all the women of Paris put together.
-Have you sampled them all?
Please don't mock me.
-You're very happy to mock everybody else.
It's true, but it's just... Look, it's just horseshxt. Words are deceptive little bastards. But if you trace mine to their source, to my bruised and aching heart...
-Well, I wouldn't credit that as the organ of origin. I can read you like the top
line of an optician's chart.
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Oh, don't worry about the facts. You can change events, add a character. Just adapt it to the times. All people really want is the feeling, the emotion, the great sweep of narrative.
-So you mean I can write whatever I want?
Of course. No one will dispute it. And if they do, "It's the hand that holds the
pen that writes history."

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2019

Eiffel's tower. Are you for or against?
-Oh, I'm for it, if a little jealous of this giant erection in the heart of our capital
belonging to somebody else.
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I suspect you were more intimidated than bored.
-No. I thought they were all... shallow and pretentious.
No. Come on. You're reading them wrongly. It's not so much pretension as exaggeration. The ideal is to be authentic but larger than life. To present a personality with a capital "P."
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All the humor and vivacity descends into a dreadful operatic swamp. It releases the very toxins of man's soul, leaving the audience nauseous and pale, like they've just eaten a bad oyster.
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Now we have Willy's first novel. It'll have enough literature for the highbrows
and enough filth for the great unwashed, or vice versa.
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You married a literary entrepreneur. It's a phenomenal disaster.
-You've married a country girl without a penny to her name. We're doomed, aren't we?
It's perfect.

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Apr 03, 2019

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Mar 20, 2019

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