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Diva (1981)

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Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed all twist their way through an intricate and stylish French-language thriller.

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Daniel Odier (novel) (as Delacorta), Jean-Jacques Beineix (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilhelmenia Fernandez ... Cynthia Hawkins (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
Frédéric Andréi ... Jules
Richard Bohringer ... Gorodish
Thuy An Luu ... Alba
Jacques Fabbri ... Commissaire Jean Saporta
Chantal Deruaz Chantal Deruaz ... Nadia
Anny Romand Anny Romand ... Paula
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Simon Weinstadt, l'imprésario
Gérard Darmon ... L' Antillais
Dominique Pinon ... Le curé
Jean-Jacques Moreau Jean-Jacques Moreau ... Krantz
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Zatopek
Raymond Aquilon Raymond Aquilon ... Abdullah, le rasta
Eugène Berthier Eugène Berthier
Gérard Chaillou Gérard Chaillou ... Mortier
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Storyline

A young opera-loving mailman, Jules, becomes inadvertently entangled in murder, when a young woman fleeing two mob hit men drops an incriminating cassette into his mailbag. Jules has just recently recorded opera star Cynthia Hawkins' latest concert, something of a coup as Hawkins refuses to make recordings of any kind. Soon Jules finds himself the target of the hit men, who want the voice recording, and also of another couple of ominous and mysterious agents. Written by garykmcd

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A Comedy. A Thriller. A Romance. See more »

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Music | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Film debut of Dominique Pinon. See more »

Goofs

When Nadia is just exiting the metro station and runs into Jules, he is wearing his postman's cap. Later, in the police station when Paula is recounting Nadia's death, the same scene is replayed, except this time Jules is not wearing his cap. See more »

Quotes

Cynthia Hawkins: Do you steal the dresses of all singers?
Jules: No, no.
Cynthia Hawkins: So, I'M the lucky one! I have a fan?
Jules: I heard you in Bordeaux. And last year I went to Munich specially for the concert.
Cynthia Hawkins: You made the trip for me?
Jules: Yes, on the moped.
Cynthia Hawkins: On the moped. So, you ARE a real fan.
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The music continues for a minute and five seconds after the credits end. See more »

Alternate Versions

Lion's Gate released a DVD (under the "Meridien Collection" banner) with 6' of deleted shots (all extensions of existing scenes) that were intentionally cut in the original by the director before the initial release, with those deleted shots not as bonus material on the DVD but actually edited back into the film, and advertised on the DVD as a "restored version". The resultant timing was 123'. This is not an official version, but an unauthorized re-editing by a DVD company. The correct timing of the film is 117'25". See more »


Soundtracks

L'air de la 'La Wally'
Composed by Alfredo Catalani
Performed by Wilhelmenia Fernandez (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
© Copyright by Galaxie Musique 1981
Tous droits réservés
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Ebben! Ne andrò lontana
16 August 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Two tapes, an opera lover, thugs, and a corrupt official are the center of "Diva," a French film from 1981.

When a woman being chased drops a tape into a mailman's pouch, an opera-loving postman, Jules (Frédéric Andréi), finds himself involved in murder and mayhem.

Jules has recently secretly recorded his opera idol, Cynthia Hawkins (Wilhemina Wiggins Fernandez) in a concert. She has never been recorded and refuses to make any. Apparently she only sings one aria in this concert, "Ebben! Ne andro lontana" (I will go far away) from La Wally, or at least that's all we hear her sing and all Jules listens to on tape.

Jules becomes a target for men who want the tape the woman put into his mailbag, which incriminates a government official in prostitution. Fortunately, before his place is trashed; he asks a new friend, Alba (Thuy An Luu) to keep the Hawkins recording for him.

Really excellent film with great chase scenes, including an exciting motorcycle chase which even involves the French subway.

The Paris location adds an atmospheric layer.

Fernandez is a stunning diva, and a good actress, but I had some trouble with her vocal production. It's a beautiful voice, but I've heard the La Wally aria sung better. She did a much better job on the Ave Maria and the part of "O patria mia" she sang, which were easier and more lyrically sung.

Highly recommended for the acting, its intricate plot, its dark Parisian streets, and beautiful music.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

23 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,672, 4 November 2007

Gross USA:

$110,014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,014
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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