Film examines 20th century icons

By From page A8 | May 02, 2013

“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky,” a 2009 French, Japanese and Swiss film directed by Jan Kounen, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.

There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.

The early scenes of the film depict the historic Paris debut, 100 years ago this month, of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes that caused an uproar among the public. One appreciative audience member was Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis) who was introduced to Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) by Sergei Diaghilev (Grigori Manoukov).

They met again after the Great War when the Stravinsky family, penniless after the Russian Revolution, was in exile. Chanel offered them her house. Inevitably, the two individuals who did so much to define the 20th century in cultural terms got involved in a poorly disguised love affair.

Enterprise staff

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