Seibel drew inspiration from her Parisian relatives for the writing journal used by Marion Cotillard’s character: ”I had some handwritten period things from my family that I used as examples.”
The replica, drawn by Lilith Bekmezian in the style of Toulouse-Lautrec, is one of four sketches that show a single work of art at different stages of completion.
1920s Record Album
Seibel purchased the Les Contes d’Hoffmann opera in a flea market — the same way Gil (Owen Wilson) does in the film. ”It’s not the same flea market,” she laughs.
1920s Les Dimanches Newspaper
Another prop for Cotillard, the vintage edition is ”an authentic one,” according to Seibel, who bought it from a historic-periodical shop in Paris, ”not the flea market!”