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Callas Forever (2002)

A fictionalized account of the last days of opera singer Maria Callas (Ardant).

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Marco / Don Jose
Manuel de Blas ...
Esteban Gomez
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Jean Dalric ...
Gerard
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Brendan
Anna Lelio ...
Bruna
Alessandro Bertolucci ...
Marcello
Olivier Galfione ...
Thierry
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Achille Brugnini ...
Ferruccio
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Eugene
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

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

Soundtracks

O mio babbino caro
from "Gianni Schicchi"
Performed by Maria Callas (soprano), Ivor Newton (piano)
(P) 2002 EMI Records Ltd
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An Opportunity Again Missed
28 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maria Callas was an artist of such magnitude that it seems impossible for any filmed biography to do her justice. Besides, who could really play Maria Callas? Well, the actress featured here does as well as anyone else could, which is, I guess, adequate. Of much greater importance is the banality of the story. I can't imagine Maria Callas in the 1970's even considering doing what the film suggests. By 1965, it was painfully obvious that Callas, despite her glamorous image and appearance, could never, even at age 41, have reconstructed her once fabulous voice, a voice which in its prime could accomplish miracles. In any case, it is folly to suggest that Callas would have elected to do a film version of "Carmen" ( a role she never cared for) with a dubbed recording she had made years earlier. I could see "Norma", "Tosca" or "Traviata", but never "Carmen". Larry Kelly actually died several years before Callas, so his presence here is pure fiction ------- which is what the film actually is. As a way to pass 108 minutes, the film is adequate, but if you're looking for a documentation of Maria Callas in her final years, you will have to keep looking. I doubt whether you will ever find what you are looking for because it seems highly unlikely that the real Callas, ever the elusive firefly, will ever be captured and preserved.


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