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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky [DVD] (2009)
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French drama based on the love affair between fashion designer Coco Chanel and Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. When the wealthy and successful Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis) is introduced to avant-garde impresario Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) in 1920s Paris, she is still smitten with the rich and handsome Boy Capel (Anatole Taubman), and is devastated when Boy is killed in a car accident. The attraction between Coco and Stravinsky is immediate, however, despite Coco's recent bereavement and the fact that Stravinsky is accompanied in his exile to France by his terminally-ill wife Katarina (Yelena Morozova) and four children. As the two embark on a passionate affair, a subtle power play ensues between the traditionally-minded Katarina and the ultra-modern Coco.
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This underplays the magnitude of Stravinsky's achievement (you just sit at the piano, have sex with a beautiful woman and get cross at dinner and -da-da! the most important music of the 20th Century!) and doesn't really give much insight into Chanel either. Passed a not unpleasant hour or so but if its art you're after buy the Stravinsky CD box set (the bargain of the century) and a small bottle of Chanel no 5 (less of a bargain but still very nice)
As a freelance professional photographer I enjoy rich, full colours and prefer a slightly underexposed result. I also rejoice in wonderful, masterly lighting eg Gordon Willis' work in The Godfather. But in this film so much of it is almost black to the point that it is hard to discern what is going on. As a result it is impossible to see how good the actors really are because from what little it is possible to see they are brilliant. On seeing the finished result they must have thought 'why did we bother'.
Given the superb visual style of Madame Chanel's world I expected this film to reflect that. Maybe it does but it is impossible to see it. I wonder why this DoP was selected to shoot this subject? It is unlikely that he is inept/inexperienced given that he was selected for the job. Equally it cannot be the constraints of the budget that meant that there was no money to rent the lighting equipment etc. So it can only have been blind arrogance that has given us a result we are unable to enjoy. Either way, in my view, he should have been fired on seeing the first rushes.
In short, I would not recommend anyone to buy this DVD
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Beautiful Film,I really enjoyed this and love the art deco era.Published 14 months ago by Barbara Wilkins