Iolanda Giliotti, born in Egypt to an Italian immigrant, rose to the top of stardom as a singer under the stage name of Dalida, but lived a roller-coaster personal life, the downs finally outweighing the ups and finally leading to her suicide at age 54. Accumulating hit songs ("Bambino", "Gondolier", "Paroles Paroles " "Avec le temps"), and even recognized as an actress (her dream in the first place) thanks to Youssef Chahine's "The Sixth Day", she was only occasionally happy but remained childless despite her will to become a mother. She loved many men (Lucien Morisse, Jean Sobieski, Luigi Tenco, Bernard Chanfray) but never managed to find the balance she was after. After one or two failed suicide attempts, she finally managed to take her own life, leaving thousands of fans disconsolate. Written by
Supremely Superficial Bio of a Supremely Superficial Drama Diva
This TV bio is perfectly adapted to its subject: It has the intellectual gravity of a sea cucumber and the superficial good looks of the drama queen it depicts. Dalida's torments were mostly of her own making and the result of egotism, ignorance, narcissism, vanity, hormonal imbalances, greed, possessiveness, shallowness and narrowmindedness. There is no way this film can make them look interesting without resorting to dire soap opera effects, i.e. one surgical emergency after another whenever tension slacks or Dalida's career or chicken-hawk love affairs lapse into repetition. The series furthermore makes no effort to compare Dalida's output with that of her contemporary equals, e.g. Petula Clark et al., to describe her place in the variety firmament or to give a glimpse of the society she moved around in. Supporting roles are equally wasted, hollow and one-dimensional. Strictly for spectators of both sexes who wish to channel their inner drag queen...
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