Thursday, June 10, 2010
Coco again -- this time with Igor and directed by a Dutchman
born adapter (of Chris Greenhalgh's novel) and director Jan Kounen (shown just below) certainly delivers on that promise: COCO CHANEL AND IGOR STRAVINSKY is perhaps the most beautiful film of the year -- maybe several -- in terms of art direction, costumes and sets (including wallpaper and props). TrustMovies is not being facetious: There is a lot be said for sheer beauty and taste regarding surroundings, particularly when all this is captured as stunningly as it is here (the widescreen cinematography is by David Ungaro).
Anne Fontaine version, Coco Before Chanel, which we saw last year, and which gave us Coco's childhood & early adult years.
Anna Mouglalis -- above, center -- who, despite her beauty, looks even more like the actual Chanel than did Audrey Tautou) and "Boy Capel," once the latter has set her up in business, and immediately prior to his auto accident. Capel is played by Anatole Taubman, whom we see little of but enough to know that the actor is a similar physical type to Mads Mikkelsen (who plays Igor), indicating that Coco has a preference for lean, dark, pale-skinned men. Then, off goes Chanel to the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
Nijinsky and Diaghilev!), the audience, its response, the whole shebang. This provides the film with its dont'-miss first 20 minutes.
Elena Morozova), are privy to the creation of a certain now-famous perfume, and see Stravinsky labor to improve his "Rite."
So does the movie.
Sony Pictures Classics, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinksy opens Friday, June 11, in NYC (at the Paris and Angelika) and in Los Angeles (at the Royal). Further release dates, cities and theaters can be found here.