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Aria (1987)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  July 1988 (USA)
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Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
King Zog (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Stephanie Lane ...
Baroness (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Roy Hyatt ...
Chauffeur (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Sevilla Delofski ...
Maid (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Ruth Halliday ...
Companion (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Arthur Cox ...
Major (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Dennis Holmes ...
Colonel (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Paul Brightwell ...
Assassin (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Frank Baker ...
Assassin (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Chris Hunter ...
Assassin (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Nicola Swain ...
Marie (segment "La virgine degli angeli")
Jackson Kyle ...
Travis (segment "La virgine degli angeli")
Marianne McLoughlin ...
Kate (segment "La virgine degli angeli")
Marion Peterson ...
Les Jeunes Filles (segment "Armide")
Valérie Allain ...
Les Jeunes Filles (segment "Armide")


Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner), and is an interpretation of the particular aria. Written by Ed Sutton <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Ten great directors. One unforgettable film. The most sensual experience you'll ever have in a movie theater. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ária  »

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Box Office


$1,028,679 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Federico Fellini was attached to this project in the very beginning. He worked with producer Don Boyd in Rome and only dropped out because he was ill--he was making his much delayed Intervista (1987). Like everybody else who saw "Aria", he loved various sections of the movie, particularly those of Franc Roddam and Julian Temple. See more »


Les Jeunes Filles: [Armide segment] He looks like he's made for love. He hasn't found my eyes charming enough. He hasn't found my eyes charming enough.
Les Jeunes Filles: O how I'd love to hate him.
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References Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) See more »


Rigoletto (extracts)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Robert Merrill, Anna Moffo, Alfredo Kraus with RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conducted by Georg Solti (as George Solti)
segment "Rigoletto"
(extracts - "Questa o quella", "Gualtier Malde... caro nome", "La donna e' mobile" and "Addio, addio")
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What art is about--challenging the viewer
25 August 2002 | by (Hollywood, ca) – See all my reviews

Robert Altman, Nicolas Roeg, John-Luc Goddard--you were expecting a fun film the entire family could enjoy? These and other directors were obviously chosen because they have not followed the mainstream, but created it. For those that complain that they did not adhere to the original story of the opera--How often does the music in a film directly relate to what is going on in the film? It is the mood that counts. This is what I believe the directors of these movies were doing: creating a contemporary mood for old operas. For the most part they succeed wonderfully. With all these operas, who is going to like them all. We could have used more Beverly Sills.

Finally, what is art (even opera) without a few naked women?

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