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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and strong language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

18 September 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ikuisesti Callas  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$445,996 (USA) (10 June 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


A poster of AC/DC's "If You want Blood, You've got It" is seen hanging on a wall of the production company. The record was released in 1978 (one year after Maria Callas' death). See more »


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


O mio babbino caro
from "Gianni Schicchi"
Performed by Maria Callas (soprano), Ivor Newton (piano)
(P) 2002 EMI Records Ltd
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Ardant at her best
25 January 2004 | by (Beverly Hills) – See all my reviews

This is one of those gems which often are overlooked for years. I hope that is not the case with this truly outstanding effort. Fanny Ardant gives a reading on Maria Callas that is nothing less than superb. This should have gotten her nominations at every festival and showbiz awards group. The fire and passion in her eyes, the ability to have even the slightest facial change reflect fleeting passion and torture in her soul in full - and I mean FULL - closeup. This director has a quirk in his style, in that he often glosses over things we wish to know, but in this case that does not hurt the film. The friendship between Fanny and Jeremy Irons (also at his finest) is fully realized, warts and all, and Irons' romantic gay relationship is treated as real and honest, not just some "we're here and we're queer" in-your-face political statement.

The music is brilliant, Callas' voice never sounded better. The lip-synch near perfect. The sound has been enhanced and re-recorded in a fabulous way. AND THE WARDROBE. Chanel, Chanel, Chanel, and Fanny Ardant wears it like she was born wearing Chanel.

Joan Plowright turns in another wonderful character and the look and feel of this film is terrific.

Do NOT miss this film if you love opera, Callas, Ardant, Irons, or just plain good filmmaking.

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