Coco Avant Chanel

France - 2009
Anne Fontaine

Several years after leaving the orphanage to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. She's both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the nickname Coco from the song she sings nightly with her sister. A liaison with Baron Balsan gives her an entree into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing increasingly popular hats. When she falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel further opportunities open up, though life becomes ever more complicated.

Learning activities include: conversation, writing short paragraphs, reading comprehension exercises.

Topics covered include: the influence of the past on the present; famous inventors and their contribution; technology and innovation; great scientific inventions; famous people and historical turning points.

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