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Aria (1987)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roy Hyatt ...
Chauffeur (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Sevilla Delofski ...
Maid (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Ruth Halliday ...
Companion (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
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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")
Christopher Hunter ...
Assassin (segment "Un ballo in maschera") (as Chris Hunter)
Nicola Swain ...
Marie (segment "La virgine degli angeli")
Jackson Kyle ...
Travis (segment "La virgine degli angeli")
Marianne McLoughlin ...
Kate (segment "La virgine degli angeli")
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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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Release Date:

30 October 1987 (UK)  »

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Ária  »

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Box Office

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$1,028,679
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Having made a name for himself with Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) (among others), Norman Jewison was once asked what aria he would have chosen to film, and why, had the producers of this movie spoken with him about co-directing it. Jewison, who never was approached, said he would have picked something from La Boheme (The Bohemians), because the subject matter appealed to him. 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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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Video Discoveries (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Armide (extracts)
Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Libretto by Philippe Quinault (uncredited)
Performed by Rachel Yakar, Zeger Vandersteene, Danielle Borst (as Danièle Borst) with Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de La Chappelle Royale
Conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
(extracts - "Ah ! Si la liberté me doit être l'Amour", "Enfin, il est en ma puissance" and "Venez,venez, Haine implacable")
segment "Armide"
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10 Segments -- Brilliant to Fair
30 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Definitely worth watching.

Ten different directors each present a segment based on their favorite opera aria. You don't need to be an opera lover to watch this film. (Although, of course, if you hate opera, you're really going to have a bad time with this!)

Not surprisingly the segments range from brilliant to only fair. Most of the fuss seems to be over Godard's contribution -- whether you think he's brilliant or pretentious, his segment won't change your mind.

Some of the pieces have a clear narrative; others are more a montage of connected images.

None of the pieces is more than 10 minutes or so; if you're not happy with what's on the screen, wait for the next segment, and think about how much culture you're soaking up.

Keep your eyes open for performances by Buck Henry, Beverly D'Angelo, Elizabeth Hurley, Briget Fonda, Tilda Swinton, and John Hurt. (The Buck Henry segment alone is worth the price of admission).


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