Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky

Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky

Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky

               Genre: drama, biography
               Opera affair, Cannes 2009, Coco Chanel, fashion, Igor Stravinsky

Beauty and the misunderstood genius

  Hardly a few months ago, since the early years of the fashion designer Coco Chanel, under the title “The beginning of a passion to see in the movies were. Now, a short life of this unique woman has been singled out cinematically, more precisely, the year 1920, which emphasizes the fleeting but intense affair with the musical genius of Igor Stravinsky at the center. She was his patron, and perhaps also muse, and served as a template of the same name novel by Chris Greenhalgh.

While Audrey Tautou’s role in the biopic of Coco Chanel Coco Chanel – The beginning of a passion, a charming indeed, but also Image braves missed, so Anna Mouglalis appears in the current film version of the traditional attributes of the French Fashion Queen correspond much more. Aloof, cold and austere, they turned the introverted Stravinsky’s head, which almost destroyed his family because of her and gets into serious moral problems. The unbridled passion supercooled although this is at the center, but is also quick to torture. In any case, for the composer, who finds himself while autocratic as true artists, and Chanel, only as a “fabric dealer” considered, but ultimately it has the power over them. Not only because she had her country house makes available, in which he moves in with the kids, but rather by their autonomous and former women’s atypical behavior. The slow cautious, these two figures is portrayed in the film very deliberately and slowly. The first meeting between the two but will be held as early as 1913, when its scandalous premiere of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”, the chance of getting to know, however, passes, and the First World War invades Europe () presented short and concise in the original images.

A few years later, in 1920, Chanel and Stravinsky, meet again by chance in Paris. The attraction of long ago and simply stayed at Coco offers him to live in their country styled villa. There it is almost inevitable, that the two having an affair. But they’re taking their time so that the filmmaker too. Exactly halfway through the film dissolves the permanent tension between Coco & Igor, and there is – despite his wife and children – to a sexual explosion. Jan Kounen that takes this time is essential to the dramatic tension. Despite the extra length of the film not a minute is superfluous, redundant or gesture too much, not an emotional outburst. Will ultimately traced to 120 minutes of film, although only a brief affair, which it has, above all by the two main characters in themselves. Mads Mikkelsen, and Anna Mouglalis give the absolutely perfect cast for this drama of love, that will actually be none.

It’s about two people who probably have found each other because of their creativity, even if Stravinsky was not pleased with the fashion of Chanel’s little understood yet. Rather, it’s primal instincts, the two together and probably also re-introduced each other. Whether this represents the reality of that time is not particularly relevant, because in such a way as to overthrow the two protagonists together in this affair, it can also now apply to each celebrity or Nichtpromi. Thus, it is an encounter between two people who ignite the fire after some initial hesitation and eventually disappears. A situation that is less due to public phenomena Chanel and Stravinsky, but the private individual Coco and Igor. Worth, berührenswert and dramatic!

(Silvy Pommerenke)

Title: Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky Country of production: France Year of production: 2009 Length: 120 (Min) Rental: PA CO / 24 Images

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