Colette (2018) Transitions Through the Belle Epoque


Colette stars Keira Knightley as the famous French author of the Claudine novels, Chéri, and Gigi, among others. She was born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), married author/publisher Henry Gauthier-Villars who went by the pen name “Willy,” started writing under his name, then struck out on her own. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this movie just based on how great the costumes looked in the preview, and I’m happy to report that I quite enjoyed the end result!

The film itself is engaging — it goes from Colette age 20 (1893), about to marry Willy, through their separation in 1906 and divorce in 1910.

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2018 Colette

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4 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    I was able to watch it on Amazon Prime and I want the Frenchie (her dog).

    Her husband was a jerk or is it jerque in French😉 to say the least.

  2. Karen K.

    I saw this movie on a whim and absolutely loved it, the costumes were especially fabulous. I immediately bought the collected Claudine novellas and the Collette biography by Judith Thurman.


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