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Aria (1987)

 -  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:
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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")
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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 (Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner), and is an interpretation of the particular aria. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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aria | ecg | jewels | clown face | opera aria | See more »

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July 1988 (USA)  »

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Ária  »

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$1,028,679 (USA)
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Woody Allen declined when he was approached to direct a part of this film due to schedule problems. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Nuit redoutable !... Lieu désolé
from "Les Boréades (Acte 4, Scène I, II)"
Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Libretto by Louis de Cahusac (uncredited)
Performed by Jean-Philippe Lafont (uncredited) Philip Langridge with Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner
segment "Les Boreades"
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A very good attempt at MTV-ifying opera arias.
4 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

The MTV era needed some grounding with an MTV version for opera arias, and Aria here was the answer. Whether these ten chosen arias are the best of the best is arguable, I can personally attest that after hearing these, I went out of my way to seek the operas where several came from (those that I wasn't familiar with, at least) and bought those operas to enjoy in their entirety.

The "Die Tote Stadt" duet was the most compelling and mystical for me. That aria (and not the nudity involved) compelled me to seek out the opera and it is now one of my favorites.

The "La Vergine degli angeli" by Verdi is also a most mesmerizing aria, although the opera itself, "La Forza del Destino" is rather boring. This aria did compelled me to seek out the opera to experience it in full.

The best segment, for me, was the Ken Russell interpretation of "Nessun Dorma" (Let no one sleep). Using the imagery of a near-fatal car accident and the need to not let the victim die was both poignant and novel. I had heard Nessun Dorma before seeing the movie, but did not know of its context. This aria interpretation was very novel and was deeply moving.

Equally deeply moving was the Liebestod from Tristan and Isolda. Lastly, how can one dismiss Julien Temple's "La Donna e Mobile" with Buck Henry and Beverly D'Angelo. It was quite comical.


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