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Diva (1981)

R | | Thriller | 23 April 1982 (USA)
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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 these characters 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 7 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 »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

23 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Diva e os Gangsters See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,672, 4 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$108,372, 30 March 2008
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Wilhelmenia Fernandez did her own singing voice in this film. 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

Jules: Where are we?
Alba: In a castle.
Jules: What castle?
Alba: Where the witch makes poisoned red apples to advertise the toothpaste movie stars use.
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Crazy Credits

The music continues for a minute and five seconds after the credits end. See more »

Connections

References Little Darlings (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Composed by Charles Gounod
Performed by Wilhelmenia Fernandez (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
© Copyright by Galaxie Musique 1981
Tous droits réservés
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The rich colors and soundtrack make this movie great.
18 June 2002 | by Tyger80See all my reviews

Diva was very influential on me as a young college student. Diva represented the archetype of a foreign art film. Sure it was new, strange, and unpredictable as Avante-Garde films tend to be. But it was more than that.

I've seen Diva three times -all in the 1980's. Twenty years later, what I remember most is not the plot and the message, but the rich texture of the film. As a viewer I was submersed in a new and different reality; one that was visually stunning, intriguing, and edgy. The submersion was achieved both visually and with the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack.

The colors man, the colors... Diva included many beautiful shot scenes with intense colors and dramatic lighting. There are several shots the stills of which could be turned into farmable artwork. At the time I was thinking they would make great dorm-room posters.

I think Diva has had a lasting influence on cinematography. You may have noticed that movies, TV shows and especially advertisements have moved to be very color intense. Dramatic lighting showing sharp contrasting hues, are the norm. Diva was the first film I can remember with rich color saturation made intentionally to make this type of artistic impression.

Another movie whose cinematography was likely influenced by Diva is Betty Blue (1986).


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