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Portrait Updates

 

For the past few weeks, Mia and I have been updating the portraits gallery with new and not so new shoots, rare outtakes and behind the scenes photos. Some of the shoots are entirely new to the site, others have been added to where new photos were found. Enjoy!

Gallery:
013 Sessions from 2012 > The Hollywood Reporter
001 Sessions from 2012 > Wall Street Journal Magazine
002 Sessions from 2012 > New York Times
003 Sessions from 2012 > C Magazine
009 Sessions from 2012 > Elle France
005 Sessions from 2011 > L’Express Styles
003 Sessions from 2010 > Vanity Fair Italy
001 Sessions from 2010 > Studio Harcourt Paris
001 Sessions from 2010 > Interview
011 Sessions from 2007 > Set 003
004 Sessions from 2005 > Set 003
001 Sessions from 2005 > Elle
003 Sessions from 2005 > Set 001
001 Sessions from 2004 > Cannes Film Festival
029 Sessions from 2004 > VSD
002 Sessions from 2004 > Score
001 Sessions from 2004 > L’Optimum
001 Sessions from 2003 > Set 001
005 Sessions from 2003 > Elle
004 Sessions from 2003 > Paris Match
012 Sessions from 2003 > Studio
002 Sessions from 2003 > Studio
005 Sessions from 2002 > Set 001
003 Sessions from 2001 > L’Optimum
016 Sessions from 2001 > Ciné Live
003 Sessions from 2001 > ‘Une Femme Piegée’ Promo
006 Sessions from 2000 > Studio
002 Sessions from 2000 > Cannes Film Festival
002 Sessions from 2000 > Le Progrès
009 Sessions from 2000 > Set 001
002 Sessions from 2000 > Set 002
004 Sessions from 2000 > Set 003
001 Sessions from 1999 > Studio Harcourt Paris
003 Sessions from 1998 > ‘Taxi’ Promo
002 Behind the Scenes > L’Optimum
003 Behind the Scenes > Elle
004 Behind the Scenes > Paris Match
014 Unknown Sessions > Set 001
002 Unknown Sessions > Set 002

'Taxi' Blu-ray Screencaptures

Taxi‘ was released on Blu-ray in France earlier this year (buy it on Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com) as a 15 year anniversary edition. The film has been completely remastered leading to a stunning picture quality; the disc comes with English subtitles, a new Making Of and Photo Gallery as well as with hard copy photographs and a board journal. Most of it revolves around the cars and the two main stars but Marion Cotillard is also featured. The journal starts in 1983 when Luc Besson became known and ends in Cannes 1998 when ‘Taxi‘ had become a success and they decided to do a sequel. The only thing relating to Marion Cotillard in it is that casting her was a unanimous decision. Enjoy the screencaptures:

Gallery:
318 Taxi – 1998 > Blu-ray Screencaptures
009 Taxi – 1998 > Blu-ray Screencaptures > Making Of
013 Taxi – 1998 > Blu-ray Screencaptures > Photo Gallery

Marion Cotillard Scans from 1999

Marion Cotillard Scans from 1999

I know I’ve promised it a while ago and it’s long overdue. But I started scanning my pre-2007 Marion Cotillard magazine collection. After 1996 I also added all I had from 1999. ‘Taxi‘ had been a great hit the year before and Marion just received her first César nomination for ‘Most Promising Actress’ (her reaction: “I felt like saying ‘Wait! I haven’t yet shown all I wanted’, Ciné Live) and was promoting her smaller movies ‘Furia‘, ‘La Guerre dans le Haut Pays‘ and ‘Du bleu jusqu’en Amérique‘. Throughout the year her passion for acting dominated each interview.

I’ve always wanted to be an actress but I never really asked myself why. I know now that I have this career for two major reasons: First, because it allows me to take such pleasure in work that I happen to be overwhelmed with happiness while acting. And second, because this job puts me the most in danger in relation to my emotional past.
– from Studio

She was also part of The Class of 2000 by Paris Match. Guillaume Canet was too but he was away filming so he’s not on the picture. Though she did not win the César that year, they were certainly right. At the time she confided the story of auditioning for Taxi. She had been in a floating period, measuring the difficulty of succeeding in cinema but not yet discouraged. She told herself:

I’m 23 years old. If I don’t get the role I’ll consider doing something else. You have nothing to lose, pull out everything you have for the audition.

Although the first audition went well she thought she lost the part after she was nervous when she met producer Luc Besson.

Talking to Elle she said the best thing about the success of ‘Taxi‘ was that she now had a choice which projects she wanted to accept. Saying no however was very difficult so she always read the whole screenplays, waiting for something extraordinary at the end. She was looking for real actor-directors, asking “Why not admit that an actress can choose a director rather than vice versa?” She started taking Danish lessons after having seen ‘Festen‘, planned on meeting Thomas Winterberg during the Cannes Film Festival and also started learning Spanish after having seen ‘Los amantes del círculo polar‘ by Julio Medem. Loving her job she nurtured her need for cinematic culture by going to the Cinematheque.

I take notes anywhere: on the street, in my bed, in the middle of the night. I’m demanding of myself, but also of my co-stars. Acting with a great actor is a dream. With a bad one it’s atrocious.

She was also photographed for Karl Lagerfeld’s portfolio about the dream roles of actresses:

I would like to be offered to play Count Dracula as a consolation for not having been in ‘The Idiots’ by Lars Von Trier.

Talking to Ciné Live she remembered spending a day in a wheelchair in Paris with her co-star Samuel Jouy preparing for ‘De bleu jusqu’en Amérique‘.

Others looking at us, us being dependent on others – we had a unique experience. The movie is a celebration of life and hope.

She reveals about her big screen debut in ‘L’histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse‘ that she did it without preparation, instinctive and spontaneous, praises Arnaud Desplechin (“It was complete happiness! He takes you by the hand and walks by your side”) and Luc Besson (“He is a killer, like Cukor he reveals in his actors both their masculinity and feminity, the only combination that can universally be touching”). She called Juliette Binoche “Romy Schneider’s heiress”, dreamt of acting along side Elodie Bouchez and Hélène de Fougerolles and was brought to tears when she remembered the magical encounter with Jeanne Moreau during a chaotic shooting (Lisa). And then went straight to laughing:

Actually, acting brings me to non-sexual orgasms! [then resuming, thoughtful and wise] Approaching yourself is the most beautiful and most dangerous thing.

Press:
Gros plan sur la génération 2000, Paris Match, February 18, 1999
Marion Cotillard, Studio, March 1999
Marion Cotillard “Y a-t-il un réalisateur pour m’ouvrir le ventre?”, Elle, April 26, 1999
A quoi rêvent les comédiennes?, Elle, May 17, 1999
Marion Cotillard, Bleu comme toi…, Ciné Live, December 1999

Kindly do not redistribute the magazine scans at another Marion Cotillard fan site as they were scanned exclusively for ‘Magnifique Marion Cotillard’. Thank you.

Gallery:
001 Scans from 1999 > Studio (France) – February
002 Scans from 1999 > Paris Match (France) – February 18
001 Scans from 1999 > Studio (France) – March
001 Scans from 1999 > Elle (France) – April 26
001 Scans from 1999 > Elle (France) – May 17
001 Scans from 1999 > Premiere (France) – November
001 Scans from 1999 > Ciné Live (France) – December

Marion Cotillard in a TV Magazine 1996

I have no idea whether this indeed is Marion Cotillard’s first magazine appearance but it’s certainly the first I have in my extensive magazine collection. 20 year old Marion Cotillard was promoting her first leading role in TV movie ‘Chloé‘. I’m sure you’re as excited as I am about this gem!

Filming took place in the roads of Liège during nights – it was constantly very cold. She said that director Dennis Berry had already showed her this screenplay while he directed her for an episode of ‘Highlander‘. But she didn’t want to play the part then. When the screenplay was rewritten 2 years later she wanted to play Chloé, a girl full of hope and searching for the absolute. She dove into the part saying to herself that she might never again get to play such a strong character (little did she know hehe). The nude scenes didn’t bother her as they weren’t gratuitious but rather important for the character’s credibility.

Hobbies while not filming included at the time reading and looking out the window, admiring the trees. She also had the habit of preparing Mexican dishes for her friends and serving them while they were all watching football on TV.

Kindly do not redistribute the magazine scans at another Marion Cotillard fan site as they were scanned exclusively for ‘Magnifique Marion Cotillard’. Thank you.

Press:
Marion Cotillard la petite fugueuse, Télé Poche, June 3, 1996

Gallery:
002 Scans from 1996 > Télé Poche (France) – June 3

Public Appearances from 2001 and 2002

After adding missing pictures from the years 1998 to 2000 in the public appearance section, I now also added those from 2001 and 2002. Additionally, Sofia has added some rare HQ pics from these years as well. It was the time when she was promoting ‘Les jolies choses‘ (Pretty Things), ‘Une femme piegée‘ and ‘Une affaire privée‘ (A Private Affair). In 2002 she also received her second César nomination (for ‘Les jolies choses‘).

Gallery:
001 8ème Trophées du Film français, January 29, 2001
001 Paris Film Festival, March 30, 2001
001 Paris Film Festival – Closing Ceremony, April 3, 2001
002 Cathy Guetta Birthday Party, April 26, 2001
002 ‘Les Jolies Choses’ Photocall – 27th Deauville American Film Festival, September 2, 2001
002 ‘Les Jolies Choses’ Premiere – 27th Deauville American Film Festival, September 2, 2001
001 27th Deauville American Film Festival – Jury Photocall, September 3, 2001
002 27th Deauville American Film Festival – Autographing bottles of Moet & Chandon, September 9
001 ‘Grégoire Moulin contre l’humanité’ Premiere, October 16, 2001
001 ‘Les Jolies Choses’ Premiere – Bordeaux, October 21, 2001
001 ‘Les Jolies Choses’ Premiere – La Provence, October 25, 2001
006 ‘Les Jolies Choses’ Premiere – Paris , November 6, 2001
003 Cartier Party – Launch of new ‘Delices’ Collection, November 8, 2001
001 Launch of new ‘Giorgio Armani’ Collection, November 23, 2001
003 Unknown Event, December 2001
002 ‘Gant d’Or’ Evening at Planet Hollywood, December 9, 2001
001 Evening ‘Fascination Diamonds’ by L’Officiel, early 2002
013 27th César Awards – Nominees Déjeuner, February 8, 2002
003 Launch of Helena Rubenstein’s new Make-Up Line, February 12, 2002
002 Birthday Party, February 26, 2002
003 27th César Awards, March 2, 2002
007 Paris Fashion Week – Armani Collection Autumn/Winter, March 11, 2002
004 Prix de la Fondation Lucien Barriere, March 20, 2002
003 55th Cannes Film Festival – ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Premiere, May 21, 2002
002 55th Cannes Film Festival – Georgio Armani Party, March 21, 2002
003 Opening of Celio Boutique, May 31, 2002
005 18th Fête du Cinéma – Press Conference, June 5, 2002
005 Evening by Motorola, June 6, 2002
007 2nd Marrakech International Film Festival – Opening Ceremony, September 18, 2002
004 2nd Marrakech International Film Festival, September 19, 2002
001 2nd Marrakech International Film Festival – Traditional Ceremony, September 22, 2002
001 Cocktail Jaguar, around October 2002
002 ‘Les routes de mes parfums’ Book Launch, October 4, 2002
003 Paris Fashion Week – Louis Vuitton Ready to Wear Fashion Collection, October 7, 2002
001 Opening of Kenzo Boutique, October 7, 2002
001 ‘Le Limier’ Dress Rehearsal, October 19, 2002
005 ‘Jackie Kennedy, les années Maison Blanche’ Exhibition Opening, November 18, 2002
003 Evening by Town Hall of St Geran, Île Maurice, November 19, 2002
002 Fashion Christmas Trees by designers, December 19, 2002

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