Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Synopsis: Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor's work parallel Coco's radical ideas. She wants to democratize women's fashion; he wants to redefine musical taste. Coco attends the scandalous first performance of The Rite in a chic white dress. The music and ballet are criticized as too modern, too foreign. Coco is moved but Igor is inconsolable. Paris 1920, Coco is newly wealthy and successful but grief-stricken after Boy's death in a car crash. Igor, following the Russian Revolution is now a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris. Coco is introduced to Igor by Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballets Russes. The attraction between them is instant and electric. Coco invites Igor along with his wife - now sick with consumption - together with his four children and a menagerie of birds to stay at her new villa, Bel Respir
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Jan Kounen
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

Thank you.


Is it always like this?

When I finance it, yes.

I thought Boy was coming.

So did I.

Look, Mama.


Wish your father luck, my angel.

Good luck, Papa.

Thank you.

Wait in the corridor.

I'll be out in a minute.

Don't worry.

All will be well.

God be with you, my love.

Forget melody, follow the rhythm.

Forget Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Strauss...

Forget everything you've heard before.

Whatever happens, follow me.

Legs parallel. Your arm!

It's too stiff!

Put more life into it!

Vaslav Niiinski, stop.

We're all on edge.

I want more life!

Diaghiliev, tell him.


The theatre is packed.

They're in for a surprise.

They won't know what's hit them.


It's outrageous!

What a din!

Go back to Russia!

Quick, get to your positions.


follow the rhythm, count,

and dance to the beat.

Call a dentist!

Call 2 dentists!

Quiet, you stuck-up bitches!

Let them finish!

- Sit down!

- Hands off!

The lights!

Lights on!



Lights on!

Jump! Jump!

Don't get desperate, son.

God tests harder those whom

He loves the most.

What a shame!

Such dispect to the music.


Are you leaving?


What did you expect?

You've seen the audience.

This people are used to...

watching stuff like...

"Swan Lake" or "Sleeping Beauty".

They have no taste in music.

It seems too different and new to them.

They couldn't dance.

Their ability was not enough.

No, Igor.

I refuse this.

We've worked hard.

They danced like idiots.

They couldn't feel the rhythm.

They danced in complete harmony...

with your ridiculous music.

Vaslav, wait!

People react to anything that's new.

You've created a new language.

but we both know that

you created a masterpiece.

Do you know what a man who

confronted a monster should do?

Should he battle him?


He should sing.

Singing is...

Thank you for coming.

There is someone

I want to introduce to you.


Baron, I ask for your generosity again.

When the bar get closed, I said

"Damn, we've lost our chance again."

But doesn't she say that

he is also going to the same way?

When we got to hotel, I was

getting myself ready to say good-bye...

and she said

she is staying at the same hotel.

I've seen her for the

first time in my life...

but we spent the night together.

Duke Dimitri, being an exhale

doesn't slow you down.

With your permission,

I'd like to introduce Gabriele Chanel.

Igor Stravinsky.

- I see your name everywhere.

- I'm pleased to meet you.

I'm glad to see you again.


Excuse me.

Even mourning looks classy on her.

Does she mourn her husband?

Her lover.

They called him "Boy".

He died in a car accident.

Such a tragedy.

Forget about the Mamists

and the Bolsheviks.

Gentlemen, enough already.

Stop talking politics.

Everyone, toast please.

For the victory of Russian ballet.


Thank you.

I'm late.

I'm patient.

Is it true that you compose

your work in this room?

The world turned upside down and

we've found ourselves in here.

This is 20th century.

I'd like to help financially.

Would you mind?

I'd be if it were a couple of years ago.

What about now?

I mind more now.

I'm taking care of myself.

I have a villa outside Paris.

A quiet place, has a big garden.

It's no palace but not so bad either.

You can meet if you want.

But my family is...

They could come as well.

You're not going to abandon them.

I can't accept this.

Why did you call me?

For a very simple reason.

I admire your music...

and I want to help you.

You don't know me.

We can sort that part out.

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Chris Greenhalgh

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