Colette Comes to the Big Screen

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Colette is a soon-to-be-released film about the life of French writer, actress, and libertine Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.

You may know the late Parisian for her novella Gigi, which was also turned into a movie and play, or her Sapphic series Claudine. Colette led an extraordinary life and clearly preferred the romantic company of women, though in her time, of course, this was not allowed and she paid the price for her flamboyant ways and lesbian affairs. Colette’s marriages to men allowed her to pursue writing, and before her death in 1954, she produced numerous novels and novellas. Sadly, she barely received the recognition she deserved during her lifetime, and we hope Keira Knightley’s portrayal of the legendary writer and entertainer will do her justice. If the film is true to the biography, then expect a lot of lesbian content.

Colette will be in select theaters September 21.

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and written by Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.