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

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Release Date:
18 September 2002 (Belgium) See more »
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A fictionalized account of the last days of opera singer Maria Callas (Ardant). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Fanny Ardant ... Maria Callas

Jeremy Irons ... Larry Kelly

Joan Plowright ... Sarah Keller

Jay Rodan ... Michael

Gabriel Garko ... Marco / Don Jose
Manuel de Blas ... Esteban Gomez

Justino Díaz ... Scarpia
Jean Dalric ... Gerard

Stephen Billington ... Brendan
Anna Lelio ... Bruna
Alessandro Bertolucci ... Marcello
Olivier Galfione ... Thierry
Roberto Sanchez ... Escamillo
Achille Brugnini ... Ferruccio

Eugene Kohn ... Eugene
Maria del Mar Rivas ... Frasquita in "Carmen"
Concha Lopez ... Mercedes in "Carmen"
Bryan Jardine ... Businessman in 'Carmen' (as Bryan W. Jardine)
Bill Avery ... Businessman in 'Carmen'
Sorin Popa ... Businessman in 'Carmen'
Onochi Seietsu ... Businessman in 'Carmen' (as Seietsu Onochi)
Ann McElhinney ... Journalist
Tara Marie Anderson ... Journalist
Tomi Cristin ... Journalist
Razvan Popa ... Journalist
Barry Mulligan ... Journalist
Florin Piersic Jr. ... Journalist
The Ballets Espagnols ... La Corrala de la Danza (as Ballet Expañol)
Lucía Real ... Featured 'Carmen' Dancer
Angel Muñoz ... Featured 'Carmen' Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Andrei ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Monalisa Basarab ... Secretary to the gym (uncredited)
Ignacio Paurici ... Ignacio (uncredited)
Gabriela Romanov ... Bella (uncredited)

Gabriel Spahiu ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Franco Zeffirelli 
 
Writing credits
Franco Zeffirelli (original idea)

Martin Sherman (scenario) and
Franco Zeffirelli (scenario)

Produced by
Andrei Boncea .... co-producer
Pino Butti .... line producer
Farid Chaouche .... line producer: France
Marco Chimenz .... executive producer
Fabio Conversi .... co-producer
Ricardo García Arrojo .... line producer: Spain
Olivier Granier .... co-producer
Miguel Menéndez de Zubillaga .... associate producer
Clive Parsons .... co-producer
Pippo Pisciotto .... associate producer
Francisco Ramos .... co-producer
Giovanni Stabilini .... executive producer
Riccardo Tozzi .... producer
Giovannella Zannoni .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alessio Vlad 
 
Cinematography by
Ennio Guarnieri (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sean Barton 
 
Casting by
Ilene Starger 
Emma Style 
 
Art Direction by
Luigi Quintili 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Anni 
Alessandro Lai 
Alberto Spiazzi 
 
Makeup Department
Stefano Ceccarelli .... hair stylist
Lidia Constantin .... hair stylist
Clarisse Domine .... key makeup artist: France
Massimiliano Duranti .... hair stylist (as Massimiliano Durante)
Giorgio Gregorini .... key hair department
Giovanna Iacaponi .... makeup artist
Lidia Ivanov .... hair stylist
Nilo Jacoponi .... supervising makeup artist (as Nilo Iacoponi)
Markos Keyto .... makeup artist
Alfredo Marazzi .... chief makeup artist
Maurizio Nardi .... chief makeup artist
José Quetglás .... makeup artist: Spain
Domnica Sava .... assistant hair stylist
Aldo Signoretti .... supervising hair stylist
Andrea Dardea Tesdall .... makeup artist (as Andreea Dardea)
 
Production Management
Simona Batistelli .... unit manager
Pino Butti .... production manager
Maxime Couteret .... assistant unit manager
Matteo De Laurentiis .... post-production supervisor
Simona De Laurentiis .... post-production supervisor
Marco Greco .... production manager
Christophe Guillerault .... assistant unit manager: french unit
Roberto Leone .... unit manager
Gianluca Leurini .... production manager
Valeria Licurgo .... production manager
Jérôme Servant .... unit manager: France
Ada Solomon .... production manager: Romania
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Bartonio .... first assistant director: France
Serena Canevari .... first assistant director
Gilles Cannatella .... second assistant director
Inti Carboni .... assistant director: Spain
Manuel L. Cañizares .... first assistant director: Spain (as Manuel Cañizares)
Cristian Ciurea .... assistant director: Romania
Marco Gandini .... second assistant director
Pedro Pablo Glez-Madiedo .... second assistant director: Spain
Mario Grasso .... second second assistant director
Nicolas Duchemin Harvard .... trainee assistant director
Óscar Manero .... second assistant director: Spain
Carlo Paramidani .... second assistant director
Alexandre Schmitt .... second assistant director: France
 
Art Department
Daniel Alexandru .... sculptor
Gianni Angler .... construction manager (as Giovanni Angler)
Diana Apostol .... art department coordinator
Fabrizio Blanchi .... prop man
Carlos Bodelón .... art director: Spain
Yves Bonhomme .... construction grip: France
Giuseppe Cafagna .... painter (as Cafagna)
Luigi Calvitti .... carpenter
Carlo Centolavigna .... set designer (segment "Carmen")
Bruno Cesari .... artistic director
Roberto Cingolani .... upholsterer
Claudia Cosenza .... assistant art director
Vraciu Eduard Daniel .... draftsman
Silvia Daunis .... assistant art director: Spain
Sebastiano De Caro .... stand-by props
Andrea Di Palma .... assistant production designer
Tommaso Dubla .... scenic painter
Florin Gavrila .... scenic painter
Liviu Marcu .... sculptor
Tamara Marini .... assistant production designer
Maria Miu .... art director: Romania
Ion Molete .... painter
Dan Munteanu .... sculptor
Maurizio Narducci .... set dresser (as Maurizia Narducci)
Vlad Panaitescu .... construction manager: Romania
Adrian Popa .... property master
Francesco Postiglione .... stand-by props
Luigi Sergianni .... construction supervisor
Ivano Todeschi .... scenic painter
Claudio Villa .... prop man
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... adr editor
Philip Barnes .... adr editor (as Phil Barnes)
Giorgio Conti .... sound editor
Francesco Cucinelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Gibson .... original sound recordist
Peter Lindsay .... sound mixer
Gilberto Martinelli .... sound
Malcolm Rose .... boom operator
Fabio Venturi .... sound engineer
Luca Anzellotti .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist (uncredited)
Gelu Costache .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Tony Dawe .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Adrian Popescu .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Claudio Napoli .... visual effects supervisor
Fabrizio Pistone .... digital artist
Gianluca Risita .... visual effects coordinator
Corrado Rizzo .... visual effects
Gian Luca Rizzo .... visual effects producer
Sandra Roach .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Doru Dumitrescu .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro Anselmi .... grip
Giancarlo Bachetti .... electrician
Roberto Bianchi .... electrician
Vincenzo Carpineta .... camera operator
Fabian Cevallos .... still photographer
Marco De Leonibus .... electrician
Luca De Santis .... electrician
Silvano Di Cicco .... electrician (as Silvano De Cicco)
Dalila Dulgheriu .... epk camera operator
Viorel Ionita .... electrician: Romania (as Ion Viorel)
Marios Ivascu .... clapper loader
Maurizio Lorenzetti .... focus puller
Marcello Negretti .... key grip
Benoît Pain .... video assistant: Paris
Stefano Paradiso .... Steadicam operator
Valter Pavia .... grip
Roberto Pecci .... grip
Francesco Quattrone .... electrician
Ludovic Simeon .... second assistant camera: France
Massimiliano Zenga .... focus puller
Peter Zuffa .... clapper loader
Gheorghe Zvunca .... grip: Romania
 
Casting Department
Carol Dermengiu .... casting coordinator: Romania
Catherine Deserbais .... extras casting
Gabriela Petre .... extras casting
Andreea Tanasescu .... special extras casting
Janice Wilde .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonella Bachini .... wardrobe assistant
Chloe Bartonio .... wardrobe mistress: France (as Chloé Bartonio)
Giorgio Cardosi .... assistant costume designer
Monica Lampazzi .... assistant costume designer
Elsa Masseroni .... wardrobe assistant (as Elisa Masseroni)
Piero Risani .... assistant costume designer
Marzia Sordoni .... wardrobe assistant
Karl Lagerfeld .... costume designer: Fanny Ardant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alessandra Eberspacher .... post-production assistant
Massimo Gubinelli .... color grader
Carlo La Bella .... color grader
Dan Mitre .... colorist
Neri Nazzareno .... final colorist
Tiberiu Teodorescu .... assistant editor: Romania
Liberata Zocchi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Piergiorgio Ambrosi .... music consultant
Giorgio Conti .... music editor
Angelo Giovagnoli .... music supervisor
Accademia Musicale Italiana .... score performed by
Eugene Kohn .... music consultant
Claudio Messina .... music producer: RTI Music
Lula Sarchioni .... music producer: EMI Music
Antonio Sechi .... conductor
Antonio Sechi .... music arranger
Paola Vanoni .... music production assistant
Fabio Venturi .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Charles Heidet .... action vehicle coordinator
Vincent Servant .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Luciano Bacchielli .... assistant: Mr. Zeffirelli
Pascal Benbrik .... location staff
Marie-Odile Bertot .... production accountant: France
Miguel Bustamante .... location manager: Spain
Cosmina Busuioc .... accountant: Romania
El Camborio .... choreographer
Geoffrey Carey .... dialogue coach: Fanny Ardant, France
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Carmela Compagnone .... payroll accountant
La Corrala de la Danza .... dancer: Ballet espagnol
Raul Cosma .... production assistant
Alberto De Stefani .... production accountant
Maxine De Vere .... accountant: Spain (as Maxine Parker)
Danielle Dumanoir .... production coordinator: France
Mathias Farrugia .... subtitler: French
Mariangela Ferrario-Hall .... publicist: International (as Mariaangela Ferrario Hall)
Stéphane Floc'h .... location manager: France
Mabel García .... accountant: Spain
Kate Godfrey .... dialogue coach: Fanny Ardant
Niculae Izabela .... translator
Marco Mattei .... post production accountant
Marco Mattei .... post-production accountant
Sarah Millar .... location accountant
Jean-Marie Modet .... location assistant
Julian Murray .... assistant accountant
Valérie Novel .... location scout
Rizia Ortolani .... production coordinator
Jackie Page .... unit publicist
Iulian Pana .... location manager: Romania
Firminio Pasquali .... supervising accountant
Giorgia Passarelli .... production coordinator
Gianluca Pignatelli .... publicist: Italy
Rita Pontone .... secretary: Mr. Zeffirelli
Alberto Poveda .... assistant to location manager
Stefano Priori .... financial controller
Della Ragione-Garofalo .... legal services: Studio Degli Avvocati
Vincent Riotta .... dialogue coach
Eugene Rizzo .... unit publicist
Alexandra Schamis .... publicist: France
Patrizia Serantoni .... assistant: Mr.Zannoni
Val Sunderland .... location accountant
Erzsébet Tamás .... production assistant
Iuliana Tarnovetchi .... production coordinator: Romania (as Iuliana Stefan)
Ana Maria Telega .... assistant production coordinator: Romania
Iulian Timofte .... runner
Giorgio Tregnaghi .... production accountant
 
Thanks
Karl Lagerfeld .... very special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and strong language
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France:108 min | Israel:111 min | Spain:112 min | USA:111 min
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Anachronisms: 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 »
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Un bel dì vedremoSee more »

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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A Fitting Crown to a Phenomenal Career: Callas Lives...Almost, 23 June 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

CALLAS FOREVER is a beautifully written, tenderly directed and acted tribute to the immortal Maria Callas by a man who knew her as well as anyone - Franco Zeffirelli. The fantasy of placing Callas on film for posterity in the last year of her life, the year she died of heart failure, when her voice was gone but her artistry remained is the means by which Zeffirelli memorializes the Diva and in every way he succeeds.

The year is 1977 and Maria Callas (Fanny Ardant) is in seclusion in her Paris apartment, grieving over 1) her beloved Aristotle Onassis who left her for Jacqueline Kennedy and then died and 2) her disastrous farewell concert in Japan which ended her magnificent career with a flop. No longer able to sing she lives in the past, listing to her old recordings and taking pills. Only her constant maid Bruna (Anna Lelio) is allowed to comfort her with occasional visits from her warm-hearted publicist Sarah Keller (Joan Plowright).

In Paris for the promotion of a punk group Bad Dreams is Larry Kelley (Jeremy Irons) who has just met and bedded a young artist Michael (Jay Rodan): Kelley had been Callas' agent in her heyday and Michael has been creating paintings inspired by her recordings. Seeing Michael's obsession over Callas whom he has never seen perform forces Kelley to visit Callas, their devotion to each other is 'rekindled' and Kelley proposes a film version of Callas not only to bring her out of her depression but to capitalize on the fact that present and future generations should have a filmed account of the penultimate opera singer of the 20th century.

Callas is recalcitrant at first, not wanting to produce a fraudulent film made using her old recordings dubbed onto the sound track of a current staging, but she finally resolves her hesitancy by granting the filming of 'Carmen', a role she recorded but never played on the stage. Thus the project is launched and Callas is revitalized and happy again, being satisfied with the miracle of technology that allows her to invest her energies in the acting of Carmen while consenting to lip-synch to her old recordings. She even has a say in the casting of the other roles, especially Don Jose - Marco (a very hunky Gabriel Garko, a former model and Mr. Italy!). She retains her temper tantrums and demands for perfection that hallmarked her real career, doing her own dancing, having a say about costumes, etc.

The film is eventually finished and the result is magnificent. There is even some intrigue when Marco shows more than a little interest in her (a hint of the Strauss Marshallin/Octavian encounter). But alas at the end of the film Callas is forced to admit that her youth cannot be regained and decides the film is a 'fraudulent work' is not compatible with her life's devotion to truth in music. She asks Kelley to destroy it. How these two come to grips with their individual lives (Kelley's Michael has left him and he is once again as alone as Callas) is finessed by one of the most tender endings on film.

Fanny Ardant is a miracle as Callas: she inhabits her physically, understands Callas' facial features as she lip-synchs her operas, and seems to be a reincarnation of the Diva. Jeremy Irons gives one of the finest performances of his rich career as the aging gay agent and Joan Plowright adds just the right amount of lightness and grace as Sarah Keller - wise, acerbic, yet supportive of both Callas and Kelley. The scenes of Paris are correctly nostalgic: the sets for 'Carmen' by Carlo Centolavigna create a gold standard for all future true productions of 'Carmen'. The supporting cast is uniformly excellent.

Zeffirelli has succeeded in giving us a memorial to Maria Callas and for that the opera world will be forever grateful. The passages of the many arias used in this film are among the finest versions Callas recorded. Everything about this work is brilliant and it deserves the widest audience possible. Grady Harp

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