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Marion Cotillard channels the Forties in a vintage spotted dress as she movies scenes for iconic war photographer Lee Miller’s biopic in Croatia

French actress Marion Cotillard has been seen getting stuck into character while filming for her latest movie in Croatia.

The 46-year-old was pictured wearing a polka-dot dress, brown summer hat and sunglasses while holding a cigarette as she stood looking over a balcony while on set within the village of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

She is playing the role of Solange D’Ayen in historical biopic Lee, which chronicles the lifetime of Vogue model turned World War II correspondent Lee Miller.

On set: French actress Marion Cotillard has been seen getting stuck into character while filming for her latest movie in Croatia

Marion is starring alongside actors Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Josh O’Connor.

The film, called Lee, will follow the life and experiences of the photojournalist as she travels to the frontline of World War II and tries to show the horrific truths of the Nazis. 

The actress looked relaxed in her role, bearing a concerned expression on her face as she kept character during filming. 

Her hair was worn in big curls and donned a dark red lip which perfectly matched her demure French look.

In character: The 46-year-old was pictured wearing a polka-dot dress, brown summer hat and sunglasses Action: She held a cigarette as she looked over the balcony in Croatia

In character: The 46-year-old was pictured wearing a polka-dot dress, brown summer hat and sunglasses while holding a cigarette as she stood looking over a balcony

Relaxed: Marion is playing the role of Solange D'Ayen in historical biopic Lee, which chronicles the life of Vogue model turned World War II correspondent Lee Miller

Relaxed: Marion is playing the role of Solange D’Ayen in historical biopic Lee, which chronicles the lifetime of Vogue model turned World War II correspondent Lee Miller

Hidden past: Lee (pictured with Frederick Laws in 1950) buried the record of her remarkable life in boxes in the attic of her Sussex home

Hidden past: Lee (pictured with Frederick Laws in 1950) buried the record of her remarkable life in boxes within the attic of her Sussex home

After returning to the UK post-war, Lee buried the record of her wartime work in boxes within the attic of her Sussex home and her photographs weren’t discovered until they were found after her death by her son.

Throughout her journey, she then comes to grasp the truths of her own past – after she was a victim of rape when she was just seven years old.

In 1914, Lee had been sent to stick with family friends near Latest York while her mother, Florence, was sick in hospital. While there, she was raped and infected with gonorrhoea – apparently by a male friend or relative of the family she was staying with.

Later in her life, the Latest York fashion photographer went from appearing in American Vogue to witnessing first hand the horrors of Nazi Germany – becoming probably the most necessary photographers to record the twentieth century.

Filming: Marion's hair was worn in big curls and donned a dark red lip which perfectly matched her demure French look

Filming: Marion’s hair was worn in big curls and donned a dark red lip which perfectly matched her demure French look

Teamwork: The film, called Lee, will follow the life and experiences of the photojournalist as she travels to the frontline of World War II and tries to expose the horrific truths of the Nazis

Teamwork: The film, called Lee, will follow the life and experiences of the photojournalist as she travels to the frontline of World War II and tries to show the horrific truths of the Nazis

Considered one of only two women combat photographers during World War II, she was also considered one of the few female correspondents who ventured into the liberated concentration camps. 

Before the Second World War, she worked as a 20s cover girl and worked with surrealist artists in Europe before she launched into a photojournalism profession.

She felt that photography was ‘ideally suited to women as a occupation, for it seems to me that girls are quicker and more adaptable than men. And I feel they’ve an intuition that helps them understand personalities more quickly than men’. 

In 1937, Picasso painted six portraits of Lee, including one by which she had a 3rd eye.

After a stint living in Cairo, she returned to Paris, where she met the British surrealist painter and curator Roland Penrose, who would go on to show using camouflage on the Second World War. 

Busy: The crew on set for Lee are pictured in Dubrovnik, Croatia on Friday where Marion Cotillard filmed scenes in her role as Solange

Busy: The crew on set for Lee are pictured in Dubrovnik, Croatia on Friday where Marion Cotillard filmed scenes in her role as Solange

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