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Coco Before Chanel, Tautou, Desplat

Coco Before Chanel, Tautou, Desplat (photo)

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“Coco Before Chanel” tells the tale of the infamous French couturier whose tres cool penchant for masculine flourishes changed the way women could present themselves in society. I think. Certainly her tweeds and the simple lines of her equestrian themed outfits helped ride in the modern sartorial era – less feathers and puffs. Pants and jackets for women. Even the most fashion illiterate person knows the name if only for the perfume she created. I like Marilyn Monroe’s response to being asked what she wore to bed: “Why, CHANEL N° 5 of course.”

(Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel. Photo by Chantal Thomine-Desmazures, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

The most adorable woman in film, Audrey Tautou, plays Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the orphan seamstress turned cafe singer, turned household name designer. Before writing the screenplay, director Anne Fontaine met with Tautou. “During my first encounter with Audrey, I was struck by her will, her audacity, and the density of her gaze that goes through you,” she said and knew that Tautou was the right actor to embody the legend on the big screen.

Composer Alexandre Desplat scores the film. “I think Coco Chanel had a pair of eyes that were very particular in real life, and so does Audrey Tautou. They both have the same gravity and intensity,” Desplat commented. “She is not just watching. She’s scrutinizing and really intensively watching. She’s grabbing a detail, a colour, a shape that becomes something of her own once it goes through her filter.” Everyone seems obsessed with her eyes. I swear I saw them first.

Desplat has been very busy, scoring 37 films since 2003’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” when I first heard of him. They include everything from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to “Julie & Julia,” to the French war film I wrote about last week that 4 people will go see called “Intimate Enemies.” He’s also recently finished scoring Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.

“Coco Before Chanel” releases September 25th in the US.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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