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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
Daniele Proietti .... steadicam operator
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and strong language
Runtime:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Le code a changé (2009)See more »
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Un bel dì vedremoSee more »

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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating film, 19 July 2004
Author: kentfx from Genoa Italy

By 1977 (as the movie begins) Maria C. had become very much an icon, so the movie's emphasis on her large gay following is defensible I suppose, though Jeremy Irons' paramour is simply too good-looking for the part.

There was a film called Beethoven's Nephew a few years ago with a similar issue. Serious problem arise with casting attractive males in movies when they really have no qualities apart from their looks.

The Jeremy Irons character is a promoter who comes up with a thoroughly whacked-out idea for making money off the diva in what would turn out to be the last year of her life. He talks her into it -- re-staging Carmen for a movie and having her lip-sync to a tape made 20 years before -- and what we see produced is certainly knock-down gorgeous (Zefferelli directed this, after all), but still it is an absurd humiliation for the woman. Fortunately she comes to her senses at the end and gets the film quashed. (All this really happened, incidentally.) But the whole experience saves her life, in a sense, bringing her out of wasted years of drugs and a curtained existence in an elegant Paris apartment, to an acceptance of her age and an understanding of her place in high musical culture.

Fanny Ardant doesn't really look like Callas in the movie, though in the promotional stills she seems to. She can certainly act though, and makes an archetypal larger-than-life woman believable and thoroughly sympathetic. Joan Plowright is miscast, but the movie is strong enough to bury the memory of her part. There are scenes involving a board of directors that are just peculiar; apparently there is a parallel universe out there where corporate boards meet at the top of tall buildings to talk about the investment opportunities of aging opera stars. Fortunately those sequences are brief.

Some very nice touches appear having to do with Aristotle Onassis, who arguably destroyed the greatest opera singer in the 20th century, then dumped her. Coming to understand the depth of that betrayal is a painful undercurrent for Callas in the film.

For me one of the most intriguing scenes has to do with a handful of master classes Callas gave in New York at the very end of her life. I don't remember why, but I had a recording of some of them several years ago, lost now, alas. They were notable mainly for the uncanny perfection of Callas's examples when she would sing bits of arias for the students, following some young voice's painful attempt at the same piece. In one of the class's recreations in the film, while very brief, Callas-as-teacher rises to the kind of intellectual and emotional profundity that one-in-a-million teachers ever achieve. I was simply knocked out. Fanny Ardant does her very best work here, and the sequence is the emotional high-point of the film. I had tears in my eyes during the scene, something that usually nothing less than a hobbit will inspire in me.

The very end of the film is moving and utterly satisfying -- bittersweet, tragic, beautiful, more Puccini than Verdi.

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