Flash Movie Review: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Being left-handed, I always said I was in my right mind; though I am sure there are people who would beg to differ. My education took me from science based studies to liberal art courses, so I am familiar with the mindset of both groups. I find it fascinating how creative people see things in a different way. Their imagination takes them beyond the practicality of purpose, creating entirely new items. This stylish movie was nourishment for the creative soul. Set in Paris mostly during the 1920’s; the set designs, the art nouveau trappings and the beautiful camera shots made this film a visual treat to watch. The movie opened with the debut performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Seated in the audience was Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, played by Anna Mouglalis (Romanzo Criminale, I Always Wanted to be a Gangster). As the outraged crowd stirred to a riotous pitch, Coco was moved in a different way. It would be several years later at a party where Coco was finally introduced to that same composer Igor Stravinsky, played by Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans). From the start there was a dynamic connection between the two creative geniuses. Coco offered her country estate to Igor and his family, who were living off the generosity of others since they left Russia. Within the confides of her immaculate house, the two individuals were pressed into a world of ultimate imagination and passion. I have not delved into the story, to see how accurate these events were in real life. Truthfully, I am curious but do not think it would change my opinion of the the movie itself. The acting smoldered throughout each sumptuous set. It was fascinating to watch Coco seeking out the perfect scent for what would become her signature perfume: Chanel No. 5. From a movie standpoint, this film told a captivating story about two visionaries who were changing the world. French and Russian with English subtitles.
3 stars — DVD