April 23, 2009

Coco avant Chanel poster up in smokes

The movie Coco avant Chanel was just released in France on April 22 and has already gained wide critical acclaim. However, criticism has arised due to the movie poster's portrayal of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, played by Audrey Tautou, smoking a cigarette. Bonjour! I am very surprised that it has been banned. I would expect this in North America but not in France, especially because Coco was rarely seen without a cigarette in her hand. However, the ads which were banned by MetroBus (which runs ads on Paris' transport system) state that, "Cigarettes are banned on our entire transport system, and there is no reason why we should be giving them free advertising through this film poster." (telegraph) Alternative posters have replaced the smoking Coco. Aside from all the attention the banned poster has garnered I can't wait to see this movie.

(photo credit: theinsider, & source the telegraph)

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