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Diva (1981)

 -  Thriller  -  23 April 1982 (USA)
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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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Cynthia Hawkins (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
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Simon Weinstadt, l'imprésario
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Le curé
Jean-Jacques Moreau ...
Krantz
Patrick Floersheim ...
Zatopek
Raymond Aquilon ...
Eugène Berthier
Gérard Chaillou ...
Mortier
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Storyline

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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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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Goofs

When Nadia is just exiting the metro station and runs into Jules, he is wearing his postman's cap. Later, in the police station when Paula is recounting Nadia's death, the same scene is replayed, except this time Jules is not wearing his cap. 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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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Ave Maria
Composed by Charles Gounod
Performed by Wilhelmenia Fernandez (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
© Copyright by Galaxie Musique 1981
Tous droits réservés
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Best movie ever about bootlegging concerts
30 May 2003 | by (bean world, massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Diva is a movie that seems just as stunning and unique to me today as it did when I first saw it 20 years ago. One of those movies that you will remember forever.

On the surface, it's an exercise in pure style, combining exciting, "hip" visuals with great music (opera as well as some great atmospheric incidental music). But there are hundreds of movies like that. What makes Diva so memorable to me is the way it combines this stylish cinematic eye candy with a suspenseful plot, good acting, a touch of romance and sex, and even a smattering of philosophy (as the title character explains her reasons for not allowing her voice to be recorded, not to mention the immortal bread-buttering scene).

It sounds like a recipe for a boring, highly stylized "European" movie, but this is a film where the excitement never flags for a minute. One of the true gems of 80s cinema. As a friend said "If you wanted to be hip in the 80s, you had to have seen 'Liquid Sky', 'Repo Man' and 'Diva'". But even today, you should see it just because it's a great movie.


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