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September 27, 2010

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky DVD Giveaway

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY – the unforgettable true story of forbidden romance between two of the twentieth century’s most fascinating creative minds. Deemed “an excellent biopic” by Roger Ebert, the passionate love affair of Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky will be available for the world to experience on DVD/Blu-ray September 28th.

Directed by renowned French filmmaker Jan Kounen and starring Mads Mikkelsen as Igor and former Chanel model Anna Mouglalis as Coco, the film features exquisite performances, superb costume design by Chattoune (including several original pieces generously given to the production from the House of Chanel), as well as costumes designed by Karl Lagerfeld, and a powerful score dominated by many of Stravinksy’s most famous works.

You can win a copy of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky on DVD/Blu-ray. To enter, simply “like” the M.I.S.S. fan page on Facebook and leave a comment on our wall saying why you’d like to win.

*Prize will be shipped within the U.S. only
**All entries must be made by Sunday, October 3rd, Midnight PST.

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August 5, 2010

Anna Mouglalis on Coco Chanel in AnOther Magazine

In her latest role, actress Anna Mouglalis plays Coco Chanel in Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky.  AnOther Magazine asked her what she thought of playing the style icon. She states:

I have been working for Chanel for eight years now, so in an unconscious way I have been gathering information – I was not expecting that one day somebody would offer me the chance to embody Chanel.

Read the full interview on AnOther Magazine.

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July 1, 2010

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Film Review

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Above: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I (The Adoration of the Earth)by Igor Stravinsky

There’s a moment in Director Jan Lounen’s film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, after a passionate sex scene (one of many), where the Russian composer tells Chanel, played by Anna Mouglalis, that she is not an artist. She could have had any man she wanted but she could not deny that which inspired her, even if he was married.

This moment ends an intense yet short affair between the innovative designer and the Russian composer but not before the two reached amazing high points in their respective careers.

After dedicating herself to her work, Chanel slowly began to evolve into a piece of art herself. This is something Lounen’s translates beautifully through the visuals in his film. Most of the film takes place in Coco’s garden villa, where she invited the exiled Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) and his family to stay while he worked. The decor of the villa is lavish and speaks to the indulgence of the intense affair. The whimsical garden, large enough for a horse ride and a swing between the trees, speaks to the romantic tones of the film down to the moans coming from the secret love shack in the woods.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

In another scene, while in her room and after parting with Stravinsky, Chanel catches a glimpse of herself working in the mirror and pulls the drape to cover it. As unapologetic and not guilty as Coco felt about her affair with a married man, we see that it really is lonely at the top. She’s surrounded by extravagance and elegance but her loneliness is almost painful for her to witness. Her strict and detailed ways allowed her reach a level of success that is unmatched by any other fashion designer. Stravinsky’s revolutionary use of dissonance propelled him into music history books. After Boy Capel’s death, all the grief-stricken Coco wanted was to be fascinated and intrigued by a man again. She was a woman who yearned, lusted and loved.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

The film paints Coco as a woman of high standards, admired by other woman for her confidence but plagued by others thinking that her gambling with love meant she did not take it seriously.

Chanel was first captivated by Igor’s intensity and his brilliant mind during the legendary premiere of “The Rites of Spring” on May 29th, 1913.

While the French audience, used to ballets like Swan Lake, was outraged over the pairing of Stravinsky’s adventurous composition and Vaslav Nijinsky‘s almost savage choreography, Chanel was excited and drawn to the radical departure. This all makes for one of the most heart-pounding moments in a non-action film I’ve ever experienced. (See a Cannes Excerpt from Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky on Youtube)

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

From the beginning, the film is whimsical and romantic and at times makes you feel like you’re in a surreal world of savage love and emotions. The intense story follows both Chanel and Stravinsky’s greatest achievements (Ballet Russes, Chanel No. 5) but also captures the pain and “decay” of Catherine Stravinsky—played by a striking Yelena Morozova—as she if forced to watch it all unfold before her and her children’s eyes.

The stunning costumes and score are enough to realize that this isn’t just another Chanel film. Uncle Karl even designed a gown for the film but every gown and outfit in this feature is just as stunning as the next. From Chanel to the male actors fitted in the most appropriate suits, expect to find your mouth slightly opened in awe of the sex, fashion and music Coco & Igor provides.

Review by Lexx Valdez

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January 4, 2010

“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” Movie Trailer

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Official Movie Poster

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Official Movie Poster

I’ve been hearing about this film for some time – Coco Chanel seems to be a very popular movie subject these days. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky explores the relationship between the iconic designer and the avant-garde composer. Stravinsky was a married Russian ex-patriot living in Paris when he met Coco Chanel and they were rumored to have an affair.

One of the criticisms that people often bring up about Chanel is her affairs with men – how could a woman so independent and strong have affairs with married men? I can’t speak for her, nor do I condone what she did, but it was a different time then and I think she was a lonely woman looking for love in all of the wrong places. Either way, I know that I will definitely watch this film. View the trailer below – it’s in French – but you get the idea – the English trailer probably won’t be out for another few months…

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