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Diva (1981)

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Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cynthia Hawkins (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
Frédéric Andréi ...
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Roland Bertin ...
Simon Weinstadt, l'imprésario
Gérard Darmon ...
L' Antillais
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Le curé
Jean-Jacques Moreau ...
Krantz
Patrick Floersheim ...
Zatopek
Raymond Aquilon ...
Eugène Berthier
Gérard Chaillou ...
Mortier
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Young Parisian mail courier is content with his bohemian lifestyle, his circle of friends and listening to opera, particularly one exceptional American diva who refuses to be recorded. So enamored with her, he makes an illegal tape of her at a concert. But when the tape is confused with one implicating a police chief with the mob, he must use all his ingenuity to survive. Particularly notable for its stylish New-Wave production values and extended motorcycle chase scene. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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opera | chase | motorcycle | new wave | diva | See more »

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Her voice was his calling. See more »

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Thriller

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Release Date:

23 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Diva e os Gangsters  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,555 (USA) (2 November 2007)

Gross:

$108,372 (USA) (28 March 2008)
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Trivia

This was the first film role for Wilhelmenia Fernandez. She was also featured in a television production of the opera La Bohème (1980). See more »

Goofs

During the metro chase, close-ups of Jules shows the collar of a white tee-shirt underneath his buttoned-up shirt. However, in both previous and following scenes, he is without the tee-shirt. See more »

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Le curé: I don't like Beethoven.
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The music continues for a minute and five seconds after the credits end. See more »

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L'air de la 'La Wally'
Composed by Alfredo Catalani
Performed by Wilhelmenia Fernandez (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
© Copyright by Galaxie Musique 1981
Tous droits réservés
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Pure Hypnosis and Music
25 February 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This film isn't about piracy, prostitution, blackmail or even murder- although it has loads of all that. At its heart, Diva is about music- no, not the loud jarring sort but the kind that occupies the space between silences.

And we don't just listen to it; what is more, we actually see this music: in the eerie emptiness of Diva's cinematography; in the uncluttered labyrinth of Parisian urban lofts; on an enchanted castle by the sea; in the surprisingly meaningful relationships between strangers; and in the wild applause of an empty opera house.

Beineix's weaves a world that is, for lack of a better word, hypnotic. And we, his viewers, simply drift through it.


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