The Nickleodeon Theatre in Columbia, South Carolina showed the film Coco Chanel + Igor Stravinsky last week and luckily, on Thursday I got a chance to attend. I’d been to the Nick before, it’s a small independent theatre with only one screen but it’s nice. For those who are of age, there is beer and wine that can be purchased, but for those who aren’t there is popcorn and candy. To be honest I totally forgot that theatres carry food and so I stuffed my face with Reese’s Pieces before. Don’t judge me.
Anyway, the movie, which runs 118 minutes, is in French. Luckily for me I know a bit of French, but I didn’t really use it that much since there were subtitles. The movie is not a “fashion documentary” per se. Actually, it’s not even a documentary as it was based on the fictional novel Coco & Igor by Chris Greenhalgh. Set in the Paris of 1920, the film traces the love tryst between coutouriere Coco Chanel and composer Igor Stavinsky. Without spilling too many of the beans, Coco Chanel becomes enraptured by Igor Stavinsky and invites him and his family to live with her since they have pretty much been exiled from France. The tryst begins and results of this come in the form of Chanel No. 5, as well as Igor Stravinsky’s new works.
While I don’t want to say more to spoil it, I will say that this film is definitely NOT suited for everyone. If there is any prude inside of you… as there is in me, parts of the film will cause you to clutch your pearls. Other than that… c’est encroyable!