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Callas Forever (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  18 September 2002 (France)
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A fictionalized account of the last days of opera singer Maria Callas (Ardant).

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Alessandro Bertolucci ...
Marcello
Olivier Galfione ...
Thierry
Roberto Sanchez ...
Escamillo
Achille Brugnini ...
Ferruccio
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Eugene
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This is 1977. Maria Callas; the most famous diva in the world, lives confined in her Paris apartment. Larry Kelly, a producer friend, offers her to sing Carmen in a televised concert. Unfortunately Maria's voice, tired and worn by years and strain, is not what it used to be. Larry knows the way around the problem : a technical stratagem will create the illusion. Maria, disregarding her friend Sarah's warning, agrees with the idea and the show is a tremendous success. With that in mind, Larry now considers a new version of "Tosca". But this time, Maria objects to the subterfuge. Her decision will mark the beginning of the end for the legendary singer... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and strong language | See all certifications »
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18 September 2002 (France)  »

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Ikuisesti Callas  »

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Opening Weekend:

$34,582 (South Africa) (2 July 2004)

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$445,996 (USA) (10 June 2005)
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The film is set in 1977, however extras are seen wearing modern (2001/2) clothes and modern cars are seen in the background. See more »

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Referenced in Le code a changé (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Donna non vidi mai
from "Manon Lescaut"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Nicola Rossi Giordano
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Wonderful
19 October 2004 | by (Arlington, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is a masterful film; I caught it at a gay film festival, but I don't understand why it hasn't been released. From the opening scenes with Jeremy Irons as an agent and a punk rock song playing in the background, you know you'in in the hands of a masterful storyteller. Zeffirelli structures the plot as the creation of a masterpiece that got away; a fictional film version of "Carmen." The conceit of the film is that Callas (late in her life) has been persuaded to make a film of Carmen (a role she had only recored but never sung). Since her voice is past its primew, she lip-syncs herself. This brilliant premise allows Fanny Ardant (who is simply brilliant as Callas) to lipsync to old Callas recordings. It also enables Zeffirelli to include several spectacular scenes from "Carmen" as part of the plot. I would rank this among the very best films about opera ever made.


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