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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, a film by Jan Kounen , was the closing film of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

It is the story of a brief affair between Coco Chanel and Russian composer Igor Stravinsky in the 1930s. Opening with the scandalous debut of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, this film never ceases to be visually or aurally appealing.

I am slightly obsessed with Mads Mikkelsen at the moment, so I am working my way through his filmography. His performance in this film as Stravinsky is as to be expected, fantastic. He is the tortured, cold artist who humiliates his wife and neglects his family for the sake of this short affair. Anna Mouglalis plays Coco as an equally cold, independent, somewhat stroppy, fashionable woman.

The music, costuming, cinematography and set design are the film’s strengths. Stravinsky’s compositions dominate the score. In all, I was left underwhelmed by the film as a whole. It had all the right pieces and potential but didn’t amount to much.

Is definitely worth a watch for the aesthetics. 

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Have you seen Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky? What did you think?

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3 thoughts on “Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009)

  1. A little harsh to say the film doesn’t amount to much I think. I’m not sure a better film could have been made out of igor and coco’s brief affair really. I certainly wouldn’t jump at the task haha.

    • Oh I agree – I wouldn’t be able to do anything close to it, it is a really beautiful film, and the beginning, with the rite of spring performance, was awesome, but somewhere along the line I felt like something was missing. Still a really good film though, maybe I was expecting too much!!

  2. I think I might like this one – I’ll add it to my list of films to watch when my husband travels (don;t think he’d go for it) Makes me wonder if Coco slept and showered in her double-strand pearls … she always had them on!

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