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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (1/10)

by Tony Medley

Run time 115 minutes.

Not for children. There was never a horse that couldnít be rode and never a man who couldnít be throwed. No matter how right you think you are about something, it seems like something comes along to prove you wrong. I didnít think Iíd soon see a slower movie than last yearís The Last Station, also about the putrid way a Russian artist (Leo Tolstoy) treated his loving wife, but this latest movie about Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel proved that idea wrong.

This is the story about Russian composer Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) getting it on with French designer Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis) while Stravinskyís family, including his ill wife, Catherine (Elena Morozova) were living with Coco at her country estate. According to this film, Coco seduced Igor. But, who cares? Igor liked it and pursued her.

This movie is so slow it goes into the mundane things of everyday life in early 20th-Century France. Like when the Stravinskyís move in, we see them unpacking and putting things in drawers, and we see the table being set and we see the children swinging in the swings. On and on and on. And, boy, do we see lots of faces thinking. Frankly, Iím not sure that Mikkelsen has much of a voice because in just about everything Iíve seen of him (like 2008ís Flame & Citron) he does a lot of thinking, and not much talking.

The most interesting thing about the film isnít the illicit romance, itís the treatment of the premiŤre of The Rite of Spring on May 29, 1913 at the Thť‚tre des Champs-…lysťes in Paris under the Ballets Russes with the dancers choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. Director Jan Kounen recreates the riot that arose as a result of the complex music and violent dance steps depicting fertility rites and the violent dispute between Stravinsky and Nijinsky. Kounen says it was the most complex scene heís ever had to shoot because he had only three days in the theater and four in the studio.

There only other good things about the movie, other than the nude lovemaking scenes which really arenít that erotic, are the loving recreation of the period and the performance of Morozova, none of which would be worth the price of admission for me.

 

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