Stravinsky & Chanel

I really wanted to like Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. I really, really did. I don’t know too much about Stravinsky, but I’ve always loved the story about his Rite of Spring starting a riot in Paris in 1913. His music was ahead of his time and people just couldn’t handle it. Chanel was also ahead of her time in the sense that she was an independent woman who built a fashion empire from scratch. So it’s only natural that these two headstrong creative types would be drawn to each other; it’s really too bad there was zero chemistry between them on the big screen. Stravinsky is played as a stoic mute and Chanel is chilly and manipulative. The film does look gorgeous though, and the opening scene that recreates the 1913 riot is riveting. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on July 1, 2010.

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