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"Weary, flat and unprofitable",
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This review is from: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
What a deeply disappointing film. Had the subject of this tedious piece been Mrs. Ainsley of Croydon, detailing her affair with Mr. Farnsworth, sub-accountant at a building society, the film could not have been of less interest. The piece is described elsewhere as "a bio-pic" but I learned absolutely nothing about the protagonists beyond what a hazy general knowledge had already taught me. Ms. Mouglalis is decorative enough, I dare say, but Mr. Mikkelsen seems to have been told by the director, "Whatever you do, don't move your face. Communicate as little inner life as possible. Don't think, just stare. " Static, repetitive scene followed scene, only coming to life when Elena Morozova as the sad and patient wife appeared. I had not thought it possible to write the great Diaghilev into a film and have his character make so little impression, or to portray the legendary premier of "Le Sacre du Printemps" so flatly. It is difficult to accept that these extraordinarily creative spirits were in actuality so dull. Can this really have been all there was to them?