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New Movie Portrays The Rise Of Widow Clicquot As A Champagne

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The region of Champagne, France, has a history of birthing powerful female leaders to manage the famous sparkling wine business of the region. Lily Bollinger, Louise Pommery, and Mathide Emile Laurent-Perrier are great examples, but perhaps the most famous of all is Barbe-Nicole Clicquot.

Born in 1777, Barbe-Nicole took over the reins of the House of Clicquot at the tender age of 27 upon the death of her husband. By the year 1866, upon her passing at the age of 89, she had transformed the struggling business into one of the most powerful champagne houses in the world.

Today, the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, is the second bestselling Champagne brand globally, according to the Drinks Business, and retails for an average of $73 per bottle; whereas the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut ranges between $215 to $500, depending on the vintage.

So if you enjoy celebrating with a glass of Veuve Clicquot bubbly (‘veuve’ means ‘widow’ in French), then you may be excited to learn that a new movie detailing the rise of Barbe-Nicole into the powerful role of the Widow Clicquot debuts on July 19, 2024 in theaters across America. See film trailer below.

An Interview With Movie Producer, Christina Weiss Lurie

This week I was able to get an advance peek of the movie and conduct an email interview with Christina Weiss Lurie, the Producer of the Widow Clicquot movie. She describes why she was inspired to produce the film, as well as challenges and successes in the production process, along with important messages the film provides for audiences.

“After reading Tilar Mazzeo’s NY Times Bestseller, Widow Clicquot, I instantly felt this was a story that needed to be told,” Christina reported. “Here was a fascinating, wholly contemporary woman, living at a time when building a business in 19th Century France, during the Napoleonic wars, was fraught with challenges.”

Indeed, the true life film portrays the struggles of living in everyday France at the time, including blockades and a war scene that disrupts the Champagne business.

“Especially for a woman, it was incredibly difficult to succeed,” Christina continues. “Even though her journey started over 200+ years ago, her struggles still feel incredibly timely. And her determination is something to embrace.”

In terms of challenges in producing the movie, Christina stated that “getting to principal photography was probably the biggest challenge, as was making a historic period drama on an indie budget.”

Yet it did pay off, because the cinematography in the vineyards, chateau, and cellars is stunning. The darker colors and dreamy flashbacks to when Barb-Nicole was young and in love with her husband also make the film feel very artistic and European.

Positive aspects, according to Christina, were the great cast that was attracted by the film topic, such as Haley Bennett, Tom Sturridge and Sam Riley. Christina reported that she was also very grateful for the “incredible group of French Heads of Department who took such pride in their work to ensure we had a beautiful film.”

Christina Weiss Lurie, Producer of the Movie, Widow Clicquot

Widow Clicquot

The Film Celebrates the Power of Female Entrepreneurs

The multiple set-backs that Barb-Nicole encounters in the movie are enough to make many people give-up, but she perseveres and eventually triumphs in a court scene that ends in an abrupt revelation. The conclusion in the 90 minute movie is so cleverly fashioned that it is worth watching it just for this final scene.

But in the end, Christina says that the movie is about the power of female entrepreneurs.

“Barb-Nicole Clicquot’s techniques revolutionized the industry. She did so by being resourceful, audacious, and hard-working. She had an unwavering dedication and refused to ever give up,” concluded Christina.

The story and its universal themes should resonate with all entrepreneurs, but especially young women who are learning to develop their voice and grit in the challenging business world of today.

The Widow Clicquot Blends and Tastes New Champagne in the True Life Movie, Widow Clicquot, set in … [+] 1800’s France

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