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Writers:
Daniel Odier (novel)
Jean-Jacques Beineix (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
23 April 1982 (USA) See more »
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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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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:
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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) (TV).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Le curé:I don't like cars.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Citizen Kane (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
L'air de la 'La Wally'See more »

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Viva Diva, 12 June 2001
Author: irajoel (irajoel@aol.com) from new york city

Jean-Jacques Beineix's first film is a quirky colorful pop mixture of action, romance ,music and fairy tale that is based on a pop novel by Delacorta. The story concerns a young French postal delivery boy named Jules, who is also an opera lover & a big fan of the beautiful,& eccentric African American diva Cynthia Hawkins who is performing in Paris when the movie opens. Ms. Hawkins played by opera singer Wilhelmenia Fernandez refuses to sing for recordings, and this quirk of hers is what sets the action of the movie moving. Jules decides to tape Hawkins in performance, after which he goes backstage to meet the diva, and promptly steals the gown she wore at the concert, which he sometimes uses as a scarf when its not hanging in a shrine he has made to her in his large loft filled with disgarded cars. The plot really gets tangled when Jules, while on his way to a delivery witnesses the murder of a barefooted young woman who is carrying a tape that has a lot of plot and secrets on it. Who is she, and why does she wind up with an icepick in her back is one of the movie's many enjoyable plot devices that slowly unravels as the film goes on. While on her way to the icepick the lady drops her tape (unknown to him at the time)in Jules delivery pouch, and the chase so to speak is on. Jules charmingly played by Frederic Andrei is not only in danger from the very creepy killers of the lady, but also from two shady Japanese record producers who want his pirated tape of Hawkins beautiful aria from "La Wally" that Jules recorded. Very much influenced by American crime thrillers & film noir but very much it's own film, Diva is a delight from the very beginning to the beautiful ending which takes place on an empty stage and always moves me to shed a few tears. One of the terrific things about Diva is it's lively cast of characters all wonderfully played. Thuy An Luu as the young & sexy Vietnamese model Alba, is most winning as the companion of the strange & seemingly very wealthy recluse played by the great Richard Bohringer. These are characters and performances to embrace, they make one feel good. There are many wonderful set pieces including a quite amazing chase on motorbike through the Paris metro, a stroll in the early morning hours around Paris with Jules and Hawkins, and of course the gorgous singing of Ms. Fernandez. Beautifully photographed by Philippe Rousselot this is one of the highlights of 1982, and among the very best of the decade. The newly released and happily restored DVD does justice to the film both in the quality of the picture and sound.

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