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Laundry and Tosca (2004)

Not Rated | | Short | 5 November 2004 (Italy)
The journey toward opera of rare lirico-spinto soprano Marcia Whitehead is used as an investigation of what it means to follow a dream against all odds, and what kind of life it results in.

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For most of her adult life, Marcia Whitehead has lived in a little garage apartment in Southern California and worked a modest-wage job. Like most of us, she lives paycheck to paycheck, and has more debt than savings. And, like most of us, she dreams of an abundant life, beyond the ordinary. Her body is built to sing what is considered by many to be the hardest repertoire in song. When she was first told that she was a rare, lirico-spinto soprano, she was disappointed because she did not care for opera. Nevertheless, she was obedient to what she believed was God's imperative call to develop her talent: for over twenty years, she worked her 9 to 5 during the day, paying for coaches and teachers to train her voice on weekends and nights. Along the way, she learned to love the characters in the operas that were written for her voice: Andrea Chenier, Aida, Manon Lescaut, Adriana Lecouvrer, Tosca. A random acquaintance offered to arrange a hearing by Maestro Franco Iglesias-a ... Written by Lauralee Farrer

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Sometimes just following a dream is enough.

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Smart, Elegant, Real.
31 July 2005 | by (Minneapolis, United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not particularly an Opera fan but bumped into this film at a festival and was enchanted by it in a very literal way. The makers of this film were able to untangle a jumbled knot work of vision amidst confusion, empowerment amidst terror and euphoria amidst sobriety.

This documentary grabbed me because unlike most one dimensional media today, it indiscriminately grabbed armfuls of reality and arranged it in a way that made me feel like I was watching a real life fairy tale. I'm compelled to write my comments because while re- watching it I found myself baffled at how seamlessly someone could weave together so many angles of a story. I think the many layers of almost dreamlike visuals do a wonderful job simultaneously moving the different angles forward while the calm honest narration anchors me in reality. The added depth, the enchanting I mentioned is from the heart cry of the main characters voice. While all these other things are ebbing and flowing within the story this woman's haunting voice is piercing into me and sending a sharp, clear message through her lyrics.

I'm hard pressed to actually call this film a documentary because it's got more story and drama than many feature films I've seen. It's real life presented in such a masterful way that it burs the lines of literal and fiction. Common every day relatable things are metaphors for fantasy. It left me thinking I could do the unachievable.

I look forward to seeing what comes next from Farrer, Lee, Name and Roberts.


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