The most famous “Big Eyes” case in literary history, an artist whose husband claimed credit for her work, was the French novelist Colette, who wrote the novella that the musical “Gigi” is based on, the novel that the Michelle Pfeiffer film “Cheri” was based on, a series of books on a young heroine, “Claudine” — tales of coquettes, women of a certain age, romance, wildly popular works.
Dominic West plays Henry Gauthier-Villars, the writer whose famous nom de plume “Willy” was the brand that allowed him to take the credit for his wife’s “girl” stories. West makes great villains.
Keira Knightley plays Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, and her performance and the film have the look, feel and uplifting story one wants out of an Awards Season period piece.
Can Bleecker Street campaign an Oscar contender to a win? “Colette” opens in limited release Sept. 21.
We shall see.