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11
Sep 2013
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Marion Cotillard, the stunning French actress who won an Oscar for La Vie en Rose, was delighted that she did not have to strip off her clothes to play a prostitute in Guillaume Canet’s Brooklyn crime thriller, Blood Ties.

“How it was written,” she told a TIFF press conference on Tuesday, “I didn’t have to do crazy naked stuff.”

Emotionally, she did have to go to extremes, but that was easier because that is her job as an actress. “I would have gone wherever Guillaume wanted to go.”

Cotillard, of course, was confident she would not be exploited by writer-director Canet. After all, he happens to be her life partner, and father of Cotillard’s two-year-old son Marcel. Blood Ties is also the second time they have worked together, after she starred in Little White Lies (2010), his French-language dramatic comedy. Blood Ties is Canet’s English-language debut.

Working together is like a love affair, only with a different set of complications. “Personally,” Canet said, “I think it is an advantage only for the director … and not at all for the actress.”

“That’s not true!” Cotillard said, glancing at her lover, who is a heartthrob movie star in France when not directing his own films.

“It is very different for the actress,” Canet continued, describing how Cotillard would have to come home after a day of shooting “and you don’t want to hear all the director’s problems that he had all day long.”

Filmmakers who direct their lovers also have another issue to deal with, he said: “They don’t want to express too much the admiration and love (they have) for their partner. So, on the set, unconsciously, they are less … (he pauses, searching for the phrase in English) …”

“Open to compliments?” Cotillard offers with a mischievous grin.

“Yes! On the other hand, I think there is something really, really important and magical when you shoot a movie with someone who is your partner.” That something is trust.

“All directors know that Marion has something extraordinary in her way of working. She is very generous and, once she is committed to a movie, she is trusting the director no matter what. With me, it is even more because she knows she would give everything. She trusts me because she knows me, and she knows I don’t want to disappoint her and (put) her in a weird situation. For me, that a huge gift — to have this complicity.”

For Cotillard, their relationship is based on that same sense of trust that Canet described. “I trust Guillaume 200%.”

As for being given a hard time on set, “He was always fair. Don’t believe what he said about being more difficult. And I would do anything for him to get what he wants.”

Cotillard and Canet are well known for not talking about their personal life together in Paris. So their revelations about their working relationship are somewhat unusual. But Cotillard brought down their cone of silence when a Mexican journalist awkwardly asked her to describe her romantic relationship with Canet.

“We never talk about our personal life,” Cotillard said.

“You can just say I’m very romantic at home, too,” Canet suggested.

“Which is true, actually,” Cotillard confirmed.

10
Sep 2013
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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

8
Sep 2013
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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:

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

6
Sep 2013
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Marion Cotillard adore voir et revoir les films de George Cukor.

À 20 ans, elle a déjà beaucoup joué. Rencontre avec Marion Cotillard, qui n’a pas eu peur, dans “Chloé”, d’interpréter une prostituée.

Cheveux châtains longs, yeux bleus, longe silhouette, Marion Cotillard se souvient de “Chloé”, un personnage de jeune fille révoltée. Dans cette histoire réalisée par Dennis Berry, la chaleur des sentiments était inversement proportionnelle au froid qui régnait lors du tournage, la nuit dans les rues de Liège. “J’avais déjà rencontré Dennis lors d’un épisode de “Highlander”. Il m’a parlé de son scénario, je l’ai lu. Mais je n’ai pas eu envie de jouer ce rôle. Après réécriture, deux ans plus tard, j’ai été séduite par Chloé, pleine d’espoir, toujours en quête d’absolue. J’ai plongé en me disant que je n’aurai peut-être plus l’occasion d’intrerpréter un personnage aussi fort.” Le pari était risqué : camper une prostituée n’est pas des plus aisés. Mais Marion n’a pas eu froid aux yeux : “Apparaître nue ne m’a pas dérangée. Ce n’était pas une exhibition gratuite, c’était justifié pour la crédibilité de mon personnage.”

Cette Parisienne compte trois films et cinq téléfilms à son actif. Nous la retrouverons bientôt au cinéma dans “La belle verte” de Coline Serreau. “Je joue une infirmière qui s’occupe d’enfants et rencontre un extraterrestre.”

Quand elle ne travaille pas, Marion Cotillard lit beaucoup, contemple de sa fenêtre les arbres qu’elle adore. Son appartment donne sur une cour de couvent, ce qui lui donne l’impression d’être loin de Paris. Elle confectionne aussi des plats mexicains pour ses copains. “Je les sers devant la télévision pendant la retransmission des matchs de football.”

6
Sep 2013
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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.

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