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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  23 July 2010 (USA)
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Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The ... See full summary »

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Grand Duke Dimitri (as Rasha Bukvic)
Nicolas Vaude ...
Ernest Beaux
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Le médecin (as Eric Desmarestz)
Clara Guelblum ...
Milena Stravinskaya
Maxime Daniélou ...
Teodor Stravinsky
Sophie Hasson ...
Ludmila Stravinskaya
Nikita Ponomarenko ...
Sulima Stravinskaya
Catherine Davenier ...
Marie
Olivier Claverie ...
Joseph
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Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor's work parallel Coco's radical ideas. She wants to democratize women's fashion; he wants to redefine musical taste. Coco attends the scandalous first performance of The Rite in a chic white dress. The music and ballet are criticized as too modern, too foreign. Coco is moved but Igor is inconsolable. Paris 1920, Coco is newly wealthy and successful but grief-stricken after Boy's death in a car crash. Igor, following the Russian Revolution is now a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris. Coco is introduced to Igor by Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballets Russes. The attraction between them is instant and electric. Coco invites Igor along with his wife - now sick with consumption - together with his four children and a menagerie of birds to stay at her new villa, Bel ... Written by Chris Greenhalgh

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Rated R for some strong sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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$44,454 (USA) (11 June 2010)

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$1,724,882 (USA) (15 October 2010)
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Released virtually concurrently with Anne Fontaine's Coco Before Chanel (2009) with Audrey Tautou. Both films were released in the US by Sony Classics. See more »

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While the film presents the premiere of "The Rite of Spring" as if it took place in the beginning of the program for the evening, in fact it was preceded by another ballet, titled "Les Sylphides". "The Rite of Spring" was second on the program. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Rite of Spring (rev 1947)
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd, an Imagem Company
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Simon Rattle (as Sir Simon Rattle)
Sir Simon Rattle appears by courtesy of EMI Classics
Music Supervision: Jen Moss for Boosey & Hawkes
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Beautiful Images, Limp Storytelling
6 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

The riot at the premiere of "The Rite of Spring" was much more raucous than this film depicts. The accompanying "Making of" featurette on the DVD shows much more violent action than made it into the final film.

All of Stravinsky's music throughout the movie is played slowly and sentimentally, which is not what this composer was all about.

We can only conclude that the director is more interested in baroque visuals than telling his story. In fact, it's impossible to believe that a blank stick like Mads Mikkelsen wrote such violent music. The lens is much kinder to Anna Mouglalis, who effortlessly steals all their scenes together, except for the bloodless sex scenes, in which neither are interesting.

But I can't believe we'd be talking about either of these personalities today if they'd been as boring and cataleptic in real life as they are in this film. If you want to see character in action, watch Alain Resnais's "Last Year at Marienbad" which compared to this is one long firecracker display.


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