Igor Stravisnky, a well-known music composer, is in France getting ready to debut his latest work in front of an eager audience. However, things don’t go the way he had planned and the entire production was a disaster in the eyes of the spectators, as they hate it every minute of it. Coco Chanel, a revolutionary woman who changed fashion, was in that audience and intrigued by Igor’s music she decides to offer him a place to stay in her villa outside of France. Coco broken up by the loss of “Boy” and Igor’s dying affection to a wife in sickness leads both of them into a fiery and passionate love affair of two of history’s biggest names.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky reminds me of Coco Before Chanel, two time pieces about the same individual, but one about her earlier life and the other about once she has already become a household name. Both movies appear to capture the same time line and both well done. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is beautiful, the set designs, the clothing, the entire production is simply marvelous. The filmmaking crew managed to capture the era with perfection, even if something do not belong in the picture it’s hard to tell because of the meticulous detailing the film has. As if time was frozen back in time and allows us to take a closer look, it’s just simply gorgeous.
The film emphasizes on the supposed affair Stravinsky and Chanel had and the film doesn’t attempt to leave it to the imagination of the viewers. On contraire, the film lets you know there is something brewing between the characters, the passion that’s becoming much more difficult to contain. As the film evolves it’s easier to tell what the intentions are, however, the film isn’t just about the physical satisfaction, but about two similar individuals looking to fulfill the emptiness inside them. The film doesn’t employ any crude sex scenes to get to the point. Actors Anna Mouglalis and Meds Mikkelsen are both great in their roles. Both actors give great performances that allows the film to work so well and embrace the passion that the story requires.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG4-AVC encode framed at 2.35:1. Colors look natural and are well reproduced all around. Black levels are deep and inky. The movie has plenty of darker scenes and a few times the black color overwhelm the image, however, details are still very good. Detailing in general is excellent capturing every intricate texture in the actor’s faces or the details around the Coco’s house or even the clothing. Skin tones are natural and lifelike. The film is topped with a film like thin layer of grain. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky looks excellent on Blu-ray.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky arrives on Blu-ray with a French (Parisian) 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout. The Bass is used perfectly during musical scenes, especially during the first play with the orchestra playing in the background. Music fills the soundstage marvelously with great fidelity. The rears do a great job with atmospherics and ambience effect. Overall, this release will not put your home theater to work, but it handles everything the film throws at it with ease.
The Making of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky – This piece is much more than just a forced piece with background pieces of video from the movie. The film covers many behind the scenes pieces, some interviews, and more. It’s a good piece and it’s worth to take a look at.
Previews – Please Give, The Secret in Their Eyes, Coco Before Chanel, Micmacs, The Pillars of the Earth, A Prophet, Mother and Child, Eat Pray Love, Animal Kingdom, Get Low, and Tommy.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky offers a striking look at the passionate love affair between the two leading characters. The story is difficult to portray and bring to the big screen, but the filmmakers have found a way to tell it without giving it many fictional elements. The Blu-ray looks and sounds excellent from the moment the movie starts to the moment the credits being rolling. Unfortunately, the supplements are almost non-existent which is a real shame. If time dramas are your thing, then I recommend this film.