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Callas Forever -- Callas Forever follows the temperamental opera singer, Maria Callas. Found humiliated by the deterioration of her voice, her manager is determined to reignite her passion.
Callas Forever -- A fictionalized account of the last days of opera singer Maria Callas (Ardant).


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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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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)
Philippe Nevo ... Journalist (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
Romain de Gueltzl .... second sound assistant
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)
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
Rafael Guadamuro .... 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
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity
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
Karl Lagerfeld .... very special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and strong language
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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A truly great movie without a general release, 16 May 2005
Author: MikeF-6 from Trinidad, CO

I have never been much interested in Zeffirelli as a film director. Of his 22 directing credits, I have only seen four others- 3 of Shakespeare and 1 film of an opera based on Shakespeare. But he has come through with a great one here. It has a 2002 date but is just now getting a limited release in the U.S. Zeffirelli directs his own story and screenplay of a fictional account involving opera legend Maria Callas, sort of a what-might-have-been scenario based on his memories of his long professional association and personal friendship with Callas. The story takes place in 1977. Jeremy Irons plays a music promoter who is based loosely on Zeffirelli himself. When he flies into Rome, his job is managing PR for a heavy metal rock band. He tries to get in to see his old friend, Callas, but she has barricaded herself inside her apartment, being a long time in grief over the loss of her singing voice and the loss of Aristotle Onassis. Irons finally does talk to her and convinces her to take part in a comeback of sorts. Callas had recorded Bizet's "Carmen", but never performed it on stage. She agrees to appear in a film of Carmen where she will lip-sync to her older recording. This sets up a number of professional, personal, and ethical minefields for all involved. In the person of the great French actress Fanny Ardant, we see all of the diva's depth of emotion, her temperament, her grief, and her great talent. Callas was the whole package: her voice was an astounding musical instrument, but she was also a consummate stage actress who could deliver a powerful characterization with both her body and her voice – her singing was much more than just technical skill. Ardant embodies this temperamental talent to the max. Irons does his best work in years. In a parallel construction, as Callas' life begins to come together again, Irons' life falls into crisis as he struggles to save his career and his new relationship with a handsome young artist. The film features a lot of Callas' music, often in quite long excerpts, which is beautiful and devastating. More importantly, we get to see several long scenes from "Carmen" – the movie within the movie – and it looks wonderful. I really, really want to see that movie! I went to this at a local art house on Stupor Bowl Sunday afternoon. They had booked it into their smallest auditorium and were only running three shows that day. The house was packed! My Lovely Wife and I showed up – as we thought – a little early, but had to sit apart. A friend went the next Wednesday night and it was packed again – Wednesday night! At my showing as well as my friend's, nobody left when the closing credits ran (Callas singing "Casta Diva"), there was tremendous applause, and at the Wednesday night showing, my friend heard several gasps of astonishment. A week later, I am still all goose-pimply from the thought of the experience. See it. You won't regret it.

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