November 3, 2012

The Fabulous: Marion Cotillard and Alexander Pushkin

Throughout the evening my Onegin
thought only of Tatiana, no
The shy young girl that he'd forsaken, 
Simple and poor, by love distraught, 
But the princess, so very different, 
Now the goddess, so very distant, 
Ruling the opulent Neva. 
O humans! You're so similar
to Eve, our ancestress: what's granted
Does not appeal to you at all, 
you hear the serpent's endless call 
To where a secret tree is planted;
Forbidden fruit provides more spice, 
Without it there's no paradise

And life, empowered, sends up shoots
Of richest blooms and sweetest fruits. 

There is no doubt, alas, that Eugene's
In love with her like a child, 

She does not mark, she does not heed him
Sometimes she'll bow out of politeness, 
Sometimes she simply takes no notice
There is no coquetry in her - 
It is not brooked in her milieu. 
Onegin pales, can hardly function

Unwell, he writes with feeble hand
The Princess an impassioned letter

A fabulous picture requires fabulous words. Alexander Pushkin gifts us these words. This passage lets us know how the jaded Onegin encounters a girl in the salons of Moscow he once dismissed. Now she dismisses him. We so love a good tragedy. And we think Ms. Cotillard would be a perfect Tatiana. We said it first.

Marion Cotillard in the December 2012 issue of Harpers Bazaar UK wearing a Marchesa gown photographed by Ben Hassett, styled by Julia von Boehm
Passage from "Eugene Onegin" by Alexander Pushkin

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