Welcome to Magnifique Marion Cotillard! Marion's best known for her award winning performance in La Vie en Rose, but you might also recognise her from movies such as Inception, Midnight in Paris, The Dark Knight Rises and The French Rust and Bone. Collecting nominations for her latest film Two Days, One Night and starring in the upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, Marion Cotillard is finally making a comeback to leading roles. Not stopping at movies, Marion Cotillard is also exploring her musical talents, having toured with French rock band Yodelice and recorded a song and video with British band Metronomy. She's also taken over the fashion industry as the face of Lady Dior. All the while, she is never too busy for her family and to lend her time and name to causes she believes in. Enjoy your time here and keep checking back for all the latest news!
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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:

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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‘).

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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As you may have noticed Sofia came on board just before the Cannes Film Festival to help keep the site stay updated. She’s been doing a great job with adding all the latest info, HQ event pics & magazine scans. Not only that but she also added new HQ pictures of Marion Cotillard’s early TV appearances. Thank you! Be sure to check them out!

On December 28, 2002 Marion Cotillard appeared on the first edition of French TV Show “Défis des stars” (Challenges for stars). Directed by Pascal Duchêne and moderated by Nikos Aliagas and Star Academy finalist Eva 20 brave actors, singers and comedians faced challenges that revolved around the circus such as animal training, juggling, magic and cabaret acts. Marion performed using a magic wand. Judging by the screencaps by Erik she was also an assistant in one of the magic acts. Fellow participants included her co-stars from ‘Taxi‘ (Samy Nacéri performed with 4 tigres from Circus Yann Gruss and Frédéric Diefenthal with bears from Circus Phénix) and ‘Les jolies choses‘ (Ophélie Winter performed on aerial silk and Titoff in another act). Elie Semoun, Véronique Genest, Gérard Jugnot, L5, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Grégori Baquet, Anthony Kavanagh, Patrick Timsit and Pascal Sellem were also part of the show.

Moderator Nikos said in advance: “I don’t know whether it will work for viewers. But I think it’s very nice to see the stars in different roles, to see them in burlesque, funny or dangerous situations. There will be music, entertainment, it will be a party. It’s the end of the year, so we will finish it in a good mood, with completely original and magical images.” And they succeeded for the newspaper Le Parisien later called it an original evening.

Does anybody have videos of any of the shows we’ve added pictures of – or of Marion Cotillard’s other television appearances? Please send them in, we’d be very thankful!

004 Talk Shows > Nulle part ailleurs – 1999, November 25
021 Talk Shows > Star Mag – ca. 2001
006 TV Shows > Défis de Stars – 2002, December 28
004 Talk Shows > Star Mag – 2005, January 10

001 Talk Shows > StarMag – ca. 2001 (excerpt only)