A wonderful end to a busy week

Last week was full on busy, head full of rooms, plans, colours, I have this kind of virtual reality thing that goes into overdrive when I am creating.  I have to vision very clearly and in minute detail, for me to be able to attract in what I need to complete each stage of the projects in hand.  So posting here sadly, has been neglected

However enough of all that, just had to tell you about the start of my weekend, this is the second time I have tried to see this film and this time succeeded.  Coco and Igor, some of write ups and have not been that wonderful, but I was enthralled, not only by the brooding emotions that pull you through the film, the interiors and the graceful image that Coco herself imparts, but IGOR STRAVINSKY and his music it made my hair stand on end…………….   the delicate notes that start the Rites of Spring, oh how I would love to have been and the premier in 1913, the mayhem that ensued.  Its so difficult to put this piece and the dancing into the context of that time, the savage freedom of movement I guess must have seemed so shocking then, but today sadly, so tame.  His music lives on, as does Chanel, although I cannot help think that their “romance” was maybe not as momentous as the film would have us believe. Undeniably though, their passion poured through influencing their work and elevating it to a higher level.    Coco , with her early childhood issues obviously had great difficulty in forming relationships and this was born out in both films, I think to her, Igore was one of many of her conquests of unobtainable men, and when she conquered  them it became all to threatening and she withdrew into her world of fashion, a real ice queen, maintaining her independence and the need to be “Free”  .  She died having never having married, living in her ivory tower a very successful but lonely woman.

Stravinsky’s music is full on emotional roller coaster, his gift of imparting his passion into every note lives on,  I have posted  a trailer to the film, and also a piece from Disneys’ film Fantasia which is accompanied by a piece from Firebird, a ballet which sealed the union between Diaghlev and Stravinsky aged 28, premiered in Paris in 1910.  Three years before The Rite of Spring.

Mr Ford, double life? congenital control freak cutting loose, there’s a message here, a really positive one

Initially I couldn’t work out why I was drawn to this piece in the Independent.  Guess the name Tom Ford,  an extremely creative man, synonymous with great style and fashion, and the fact it was set in 1962………   Tom Ford, A teen actor, a fashion designer and now maybe an oscar for his film debut , The Single Man, originally a book by Christopher Isherwood.  The stills are wonderfully stylish, set in the 60’s it has great attention to detail, even down to eye makeup but it had to be more than that.

This following words leapt of the page to me , Mr Ford is writing about himself, the creative psyche can be excruiatingly painful. ” Ford acknowledges that Falconer’s fastidiousness is his own, but below the surface, as I read it, the meticulous ritual of George’s life is also Ford’s acknowledgement of the supreme effort it has taken to keep order in his own life. He’s had his own battles with excess, occasionally waged in public, where the bad behaviour seems reasonably typical of the congenital control freak cutting loose. When order fails, that way lies madness, which Ford contemplates in the scenes when Falconer finally falls apart. “There’s a lot about me that people don’t know,” he has said. A Single Man hints at a double life”.  Then researching interviews with Tom I came across the following, these say it all.

Hearing the word “isolation”  and new then why I was drawn.  Its not just another  vehicle for him to excel but a vehicle to tell a very important story, one that in this time in history is extremely important for us all.  In his words, a book written by the false self, from a great distance observing the true self. learning to live in the present and not the future”

We have lost the enjoyment in the small things of life, the golden sun glinting in the snow, the sunrise everyday, a walk by the sea, instead we make make huge complex plans for future times, living in the future, then one day looking back and realising “what happened, where did all that time go?  Losing our connection to the planet, to each other has lead to generations of isolated people, this sounds like a film with a real spiritual message we can all learn from.