Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky DVD


Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky - based on Chris Greenhalgh's 'Coco & Igor' - pays tribute to the life of Coco after Chanel and as revealed in the title explores the electric relationship between the French fashion icon and the radical Russian-born composer. The two meet at the disastrous premier of Stravinsky's controversial The Rite of Spring a performance that mesmerises Chanel but due to a riot like reception leaves Stravinsky inconsolable. It takes 7 years before they meet again in Paris - now Chanel is both rich and respected whereas Stravinsky is living in exile... as a penniless refugee. There is an immediate powerful attraction and she decides to shelter Stravinsky offering him her villa 'Bel Respiro' as a sanctuary for his composing as Chanel herself begins creating the revolutionary iconic perfume No5. Stravinsky moves in straight away with his children and consumptive wife. And so a passionate fiery love affair between two creative giants commence... [show more]

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22 November 2010
Elevation Sales 
120 minutes 
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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.

Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) was one of Europe's most promising new composers when in 1913 he premiered his ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (aka The Rite of Spring); the piece proved to be wildly controversial, and the audience at the Paris debut was vocal in their disgust, ruining Stravinsky's reputation for years. One patron who did like the performance was Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis), who was already among Europe's most celebrated fashion designers. Seven years later, Chanel encounters Stravinsky at a party, and learns that the composer is penniless and without a place to live. Chanel befriends him, and allows him to move into her summer home in the country along with his wife, Catherine (Elena Morozova), and their four children. Chanel is nursing a broken heart after the recent death of her boyfriend, and what began as an act of compassion for a fellow artist turns into an affair of the heart as Chanel and Stravinsky become lovers, much to the chagrin of the sickly Catherine.

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