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Writers:
Daniel Odier (novel)
Jean-Jacques Beineix (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
23 April 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Comedy. A Thriller. A Romance. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Great, weird plot - and everything else is even better See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Wilhelmenia Fernandez ... Cynthia Hawkins (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
Frédéric Andréi ... Jules

Richard Bohringer ... Gorodish
Thuy An Luu ... Alba
Jacques Fabbri ... Commissaire Jean Saporta
Chantal Deruaz ... Nadia
Anny Romand ... Paula
Roland Bertin ... Simon Weinstadt, l'imprésario
Gérard Darmon ... L' Antillais

Dominique Pinon ... Le curé
Jean-Jacques Moreau ... Krantz
Patrick Floersheim ... Zatopek
Raymond Aquilon ... Abdullah, le rasta
Eugène Berthier
Gérard Chaillou ... Mortier
Andrée Champeaux
Nathalie Dalyan (as Nathalie Dalian)
Laurence Darpy
Michel Debrane
Etienne Draber ... Le journaliste conférence de presse
Laure Duthilleul ... La copine de Mirmont
Nane Germon ... La vieille dame
Gabriel Gobin
Jim Adhi Limas ... Le premier Taïwanais
Louise Malapert
Dimo Mally
Vaneta Mally
Alain Marcel
Isabelle Mergault ... La fille du jeu vidéo
Marthe Moudiki-Moreau
Jean-Luc Porraz ... Mirmont, le collègue postier
Bernard Robin
Yann Roussel

Brigitte Lahaie ... La fille dont la jupe s'envole (as Brigitte Simonin)
Jean-Louis Vitrac
Tania Zabaloieff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dominique Besnehard ... Le disquaire (uncredited)
Vladimir Cosma ... Le chef d'orchestre (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Jacques Beineix 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Odier (novel) (as Delacorta)

Jean-Jacques Beineix (adaptation) &
Jean Van Hamme (adaptation)

Jean-Jacques Beineix (dialogue)

Produced by
Claudie Ossard .... executive producer
Irène Silberman .... producer: Greenwich Film Production
Serge Silberman .... producer: Les Films Galaxie
 
Original Music by
Vladimir Cosma 
 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
 
Film Editing by
Monique Prim 
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
 
Casting by
Dominique Besnehard 
 
Production Design by
Hilton McConnico  (as Hilton Mc Connico)
 
Set Decoration by
Gérard Marcireau 
 
Costume Design by
Hilton McConnico (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Judith Gayo .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Richard Dupuy .... assistant unit manager
Catherine Mazières .... unit manager
Ulrich Picard .... production manager (as Ully Pickard)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Jacques Albert .... second assistant director
Patrick Halpine .... second assistant director
Gérard Pujolar .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Carlos Conti .... assistant art director
Kim Doan .... construction coordinator
Gérard Marcireau .... set dresser
Jacques Preisach .... property master
 
Sound Department
Louis Gimel .... sound assistant
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Gina Pignier .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound
Claude Villand .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Paul Trielli .... special effects
 
Stunts
Michel Norman .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Baraillon .... electrician
Jean-Pierre Baronsky .... chief electrician
Dominique Brenguier .... camera operator
André Canda .... key grip
Angelo Chinosi .... grip
Arnaud Duboisberanger .... assistant camera (as Arnaud Du Boisberanger)
Dominique Le Strat .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Fraisse .... chief costumer
 
Editorial Department
Michel Crivellaro .... assistant editor
Michèle Darmon .... assistant editor (as Michele Darmon)
François Gédigier .... assistant editor
Josef Lieck .... on-line editor
Christine Pansu .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Luis Clos .... music recording (1981)
Vladimir Cosma .... conductor
William Flageollet .... music mixer
Catherine Leygonie .... music editor (as Catherine Leygonnie)
Jacqueline Porel .... music editor
 
Other crew
Jacqueline Benloulou .... production administrator
Maurice Cadaze .... production administrator
Marie-Jo Duchemin .... production secretary
Sylvie Koechlin .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
117 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Gorodish's first name is Serge.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Jules:[eyeing the scene printed on Alba's miniskirt] Is that the Opera House?
Alba:No, that's my ass.
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Movie Connections:
References Little Darlings (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
L'air de la 'La Wally'See more »

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62 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Great, weird plot - and everything else is even better, 11 June 2003
Author: RWiggum from Erlangen, Germany

Today, most films have a structure so simple, you can abstract it in one mere sentence. Diva is not such a film, it has so much plot that I don't know where to begin. Maybe I'll begin with the two tapes the film is all about. Tape one is the bootleg record of the beautiful aria Ebben ne andro lontana from Alfredo Catalani's opera La Wally, taped during the recital of the famous opera singer Cynthia Hawkins. On tape, two Nadja, a prostitute, discloses who is the man behind a prostitution ring. The man who possesses these two tapes is Jules, a postman; tape one because he's the one who recorded it (for private use only, of course), tape two because Nadja slipped it into his bag just seconds before she's killed. Not really knowing why, Jules finds himself fleeing from the police and from the mob because of the latter tape - and since Cynthia Hawkins always refused to make tape recordings of her voice, two guys from the Taiwanese mafia, who sat just behind Jules when he recorded his bootleg, see their chance to make a fortune with it, try to get it and blackmail the diva.

Meanwhile, Jule becomes friends with Cynthia Hawkins when he brings her back a dress he stole after her recital (but not after having sex with a hooker wearing it) and they spend a day together. He also encounters Alba, a nice, glib girl with a talent for shoplifting (she developed a technique that makes you wish you're the guy behind the counter) and Gorodish, the man she lives with, two people who will help him a lot in the course of the film. All this is handled by director Jean-Jacques Beineix with virtuosity. But I'm only talking about the twisted plot here, whereas Diva is so much more.

It is its pop-art style, it is its unique genre-mix of Thriller and Romance, it is Jules' apartment, which looks like combination of a studio and a garage, it is its two killers who look like they escaped a Jeunet-film (and indeed Dominique Pinon, who plays one of the two killers, went on to star in Delicatessen, La cité des enfants perdus and Amélie), it is that wonderful chase scene where Jules drives down the stairs and takes the Métro with his moped, it is that absurdly funny scene with the blue Beethoven bust, it is Thuy An Luu, playing Alba as a cheerful girl that makes you wish you had a girlfriend like that, it is Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, a real-life opera singer in her only film role, playing a wonderful Cynthia Hawkins (how I love that look she gives when someone reminds her of her age), it is Gorodish ingeniously solving two problems at once, it is its wonderful ending I will not reveal her with the perfect last words (Shhhh, listen...)... I could go on with this list forever. With its hilarious story, its beautiful images, its weird characters and its joyous direction, Diva could open the door to the cinema of the rest of the world for those whose Top 10 list consist only of films as Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Usual Suspects or The Godfather. It is a film I immensely love and could watch over and over again.

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